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Fall 2009 Enrollment Highlights

Fall 2009 Enrollment Highlights

  • As of the fall 2009 census date (Sept.15, 2009) a total of 11,191 students were enrolled at  UCM. This is the fifth largest enrollment headcount in the history of the institution.  The previous all-time high occurred in fall 1992 with an enrollment of 11,631.
  • Overall, UCM enrollment increased from 11,063 in fall 2008 to 11,191 in fall 2009. Of the 128 students who comprise the increase in fall 2009 enrollment, 108 are undergraduate and the remaining 20 are graduate students.
  • Women comprise 56% of the total student body, and 44% are men.  Of the 10,489 students who identified their ethnic backgrounds, 85% were Caucasian, African American (7%), Hispanic (2%), Asia/Pacific Islander (1%) and American Indian (0.7%).
  • It is worth noting that UCM has enrolled the largest number of African-American students in its history. Enrollment of African-American students increased from 650 in fall 2008 to 768 in fall 2009, representing a whopping increase of 18%.  The number of African-American men increased from 303 in fall 2008 to 380 in fall 2009, a 25% increase.

  • International students come from 43 countries. They make up 4% of the student population. There are 427 international students enrolled in fall 2009 or 10 more (+ 2.4%) than last fall. Of this number, 261 (61%) are undergraduate students. Overall, men are the majority (57%) of international students.
  • The vast majority of UCM students (73%) come from the service area. In terms of county of origin, Jackson County is the residence of most UCM students (21 %). The next largest feeder is Johnson County with 14%, followed by Pettis County (4%).
  • Next to Missouri, the state with the highest number of students is Kansas (n=314), followed by   Illinois (n=40) and Iowa (n=36). Students come from 36 states.
  • Overall, UCM recorded 128,706 credit hours in fall 2009, the highest number in more than 10 years. Student credit hours increased from 125,514 in fall 2008 to 128,706 in fall 2009, an increase of 2.5%.

Undergraduate Enrollment

  • Of the 11,191 students enrolled, approximately 81% (9,088) are undergraduate students.

  • Undergraduate enrollment consists of freshmen (25%), sophomores (19%), juniors (19%), seniors (28%) and other undergraduate enrollment (9%). 
  • Fall 2009 marks the fifth consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment growth. A vast majority (83%) of undergraduate students were enrolled full time, compared with 80% a year ago.
  • The average age of undergraduate students is 22.5. About 17% are over 24 years of age.  Disaggregated by ethnicity, 81% of undergraduate students are Caucasian, compared to 80%  a year ago.
  • The majority of UCM’s undergraduate students (90%) come from Missouri. The number of undergraduate students from Missouri increased from 8,141 in fall 2008 to 8,198 in fall 2009.

  • Enrollment of international undergraduate students increased from 205 in fall 2008 to 261 in fall 2009.
  • Credit hours taken by undergraduate students increased from 113,392 in fall 2008 to 115,881 in fall 2009, an increase of 2%.  The average credit hours taken by undergraduate students is 12.75.
  • Undergraduate full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment increased from 7,560 in fall 2008 to 7,725 in fall 2009, representing a 2% increase.

Graduate Enrollment

  • The total number of graduate students enrolled at UCM this fall is a decade–high. Graduate enrollment increased marginally from a headcount of 2,083 in fall 2008 to 2,103 in fall 2009.
  • The average age of graduate students is 32.3. Sixty-two percent of graduate students are women. The vast majority (77%) are over 24 years of age. Twenty-six percent were enrolled full time.
  • Credit hours taken by graduate students increased from 11,121 in fall 2008 to 12,824 in fall 2009, a 15%  increase.
  • The average number of credit hours taken by graduate students is 6.   Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment increased from 1,010 in fall 2008 to 1,069 in fall 2009, an almost 6% increase from a year ago.

This enrollment analysis provides an overview for the UCM campus as of fall 2009 Census date.  Five-year reports for student demographics and credit hour enrollment by college and department are published in the university’s annual Fact Book. The Office of Institutional Research welcomes your comments.