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Unique Visitors Here Topped 673K in Record-Setting November

Unique Visitors Here Topped 673K in Record-Setting November

December 1, 2008

Student Study Fall 2007.jpgDecember 1, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - The total number of unique visitors to this Web site in November -- 673,641 -- marks the third consecutive record-setting month and eclipses the previous all-time high, set in October 2008, by more than 200-thousand. The key statistic, which counts each individual user once per month, doubled from the November 2007 total of 336,808.

Nearly 24 million "hits" were logged at DePauw.edu in November 2008, with 1.175 million overall visits and nearly 6.4 million page views. All three measures marked their second-higest monthly totals ever.

2008 Monon Bell Players Fans Celebrate RF 2.jpgNovember 2007 remains the top month for hits (24,183,802) and page views (6,397,205), while March 2007 still holds the top mark for visits (1,293,553).

As is the case each month, the top destination for visitors to this Web site in November was news. A total of 173 new stories appeared in November 2008 (103 in the news section, 70 in athletics). The most widely-viewed new article was the November 15 summary of the 115th Monon Bell Classic; in fact, that Saturday was the busiest day of the month at DePauw.edu. Also attracting wide attention were: the use of a student's song on MTV's The Hills; a joint, pre-game letter issued by the presidents of DePauw University and Wabash College to Monon Bell fans; President Brian W. Casey's November 7 Greg Mortenson Signs.jpgsigning of a public statement supporting the Amethyst Initiative; the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement, which gave DePauw high marks for the academic challenge and enriching educational experiences it offers undergraduates; the November 13 Ubben Lecture by Greg Mortenson (pictured at left), author of the bestseller, Three Cups of Tea; the naming of David A. Martin '70 to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team; a video by two sophomores being selected to air during halftime of the HDNet national telecast of the Monon Bell game; the passing of Professor Emeritus Ed Ypma; a Boston Globe column written by Professor Emeritus John Dittmer; and the naming of the recipients of the 2008-09 Exemplary Teaching Award.

Visitors also sampled the more than 11,100 stories archived on the site, which date back to 1835. A summary of the November 2007 Ubben Lecture by PostSecret founder Frank Warren, for example, was the month's third most-popular story overall, with 2,526 page views.Students Walk Fall 2007.jpg

Other popular destinations included the athletics page, class schedule search, the University libraries, the football team's home page, the campus calendar, and the admission page. Among the most popular downloads were the music video and MP3 of The Ballad of the Monon Bell (2,975 downloads combined).

The average visitor spent 19 minutes and 27 seconds, per visit, at this Web site. At least 11.31% of the traffic came from foreign countries, the top being, in order: Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, China, Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, Argentina and Switzerland.

� Hits Unique Visitors Visits Page Views
November 2008

23,977,400

673,641 1,175,508 6,397,205
Nov. 2007

24,183,802

336,808 1,085,750 6,786,020
Nov. 2006

19,527,297

379,108 1,267,839 4,475,041
Nov. 2005

18,506,561

201,631 858,617 4,214,601
Nov. 2004

12,552,770

150,514 597,389 4,100,579
Nov. 2003 10,165,885 101,147 438,144 2,418,893
Nov. 2002 7,804,993 69,924 362,884 1,374,018
Nov. 2001 6,336,224 51,499 273,404 1,254,565
Nov. 2000 3,161,231 28,662 159,845 847,870

("hits" is a count of all the successful hits including HTML pages, pictures, forms, scripts and files downloaded; unique visitors counts each user once per month; visits counts every time a user visits the site)

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