University Enrollment Increases for Sixth Consecutive Year
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 6, 2010) – In addition to a more diverse campus, the University of Central Missouri is experiencing its sixth consecutive year of enrollment growth, with 11,351 students currently taking classes.
Enrollment statistics were released by Bob Adebayo, director of Institutional Research, following a campuswide census in September. The data show 160 more students enrolled, up 1.4 percent from a year ago.
Adebayo said the increase was driven mostly by larger numbers of minority and international students at Central Missouri. International student enrollment increased by 10 percent, with 477 students attending this fall, up from 432 the previous year.
“This is the largest number of international students the university has seen in five years,” Adebayo said in his enrollment summary to campus.
Students from 56 countries comprise the international student body, with the largest number, 133, coming from India. Joining the top five sender countries are Saudi Arabia, with 60 students, and South Korea, China and Kenya, each with 35 students.
Adebayo said a decline of 109 Caucasian students was counterbalanced by increases in enrollments among other ethnic groups. Enrollment of African-American students increased by 4 percent between fall 2009 and fall 2010, and there are 20 percent more Hispanic students attending UCM this fall. The number of Hispanics climbed from 199 in 2009 to 239 this semester.
Enrollment of graduate students has reached a decade high. The university has 2,183 students enrolled in master’s and education specialist degree programs, 80 more students than last year at this time.