Spring Enrollment Up for Fifth Consecutive Year at UCM
Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 5, 2010) – Strong efforts to recruit and retain students at the University of Central Missouri are not only paying off with a 3 percent overall increase in spring 2010 enrollment, compared to the same semester one year ago, but also continuing a five-year string of annual spring increases in students.
Recent data provided by the university’s Office of Institutional Research note that this spring’s student population is 10,980, an increase of 337 over a year ago. Undergraduate enrollment, which comprises
80 percent of the students, increased by 265, and graduate enrollment is up by 72 students.
The university also is experiencing increases in minority enrollment. The number of African-American undergraduate students is currently 632, an increase of 125 students over a year ago, and Hispanic undergraduate students, now totaling 151, has grown by 22 students. Enrollment of Asian students also increased from 78 in spring 2009 to 116 in spring 2010.
“We are once again pleased with the spring enrollment figures. These continued increases are the result of a collective effort among many members of the campus community to both recruit, and more importantly, retain students,” said Matt Melvin, assistant provost for enrollment management.
He added that the university continues to “develop a more balanced enrollment portfolio.” This is being accomplished through increases in graduate school enrollments which have climbed as a result of the development of market-driven programs designed to meet the career development needs of individuals currently employed in fields such as criminal justice, education and health-related occupations.
UCM enrollment has continued to grow each spring for five consecutive years. It has increased by 1,177 students since spring 2005.