Fall Enrollment Increases for Fifth Consecutive Year
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 29, 2009) – The fall 2009 campus-wide census at UCM shows undergraduate enrollment growth for the fifth consecutive year, as well as increases in graduate and minority student enrollment.
According to Bob Adebayo, director of institutional research, the census was conducted Sept. 15. As of that date, a total 11,191 students were enrolled at the university, up 128 students from a year ago. It is the fifth largest overall enrollment in university history, which had a record 11,631 students in 1992.
Of the total enrollment, 2,103 are graduate students. This represents an increase of 20 students over the fall 2008 enrollment, and UCM’s largest graduate student population in a decade.
Adebayo noted that the enrollment of African American students climbed 18 percent from fall 2008 to fall 2009. There are 768 African American students taking classes at UCM compared to 650 the previous fall. The overall number of international students increased from 417 to 427, although the number of international undergraduate students grew from 205 to 261.
Student credit hours totaling 128,706 are the highest in more than 10 years, Adebayo noted. The fall to fall increase is 2.5 percent.
Matt Melvin, assistant provost for enrollment management, said he is pleased that on-schedule census date enrollment continues to increase. He attributes a larger number of students, in part, to new academic offerings, particularly those made possible in the newly formed Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health and Human Services. He added that “our future enrollment growth will largely be tied to our ability to allow high-demand academic programs to flourish by aligning our existing resources to meet market demand.”
Improved retention of first-time full-time freshman, which has climbed to over 75 percent, in addition to growth in the transfer student market and in the diversity of the incoming class are part of this fall’s enrollment outlook.
He pointed out the state of Missouri is projecting a smaller pool of students entering college over the next few years, which will present statewide challenges with college enrollment.
“As the number of high school graduates in the state of Missouri declines, we will continue to invest in strategies, systems and staffing designed to enhance our outreach efforts and streamline our services to transfer students,” Melvin said, adding that the continued ability to provide high quality and affordable career preparation is essential to attracting new students.