Increases in Freshmen, Transfers Contribute to Record-Setting Enrollment
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 21, 2012) – The largest number of new freshmen and transfer students in two decades has contributed to a record enrollment for the second consecutive year at the University of Central Missouri. Data showing 11,878 total students, the most in the university’s 141-year history, was released this week by UCM following the Sept. 18 census date.
“This is a very positive indication that our new enrollment model is working. It is a direct result of a lot of hard work by our faculty, staff, deans and department chairs who have gone the extra mile to make students understand that UCM is a tremendous value proposition,” said Charles Ambrose, university president. “We’re especially pleased that our data show a more diverse student population, as well as increases in active duty military personnel and veterans turning to UCM.”
The total student enrollment represents a 2.1 percent increase from the previous year, and continues a string of annual enrollment increases since 2005. Contributing to the record enrollment are 1,006 transfer students, up 4.1 percent from 2011, and 1,787 new freshmen, a class that increased by 5.8 percent from last fall.
“This increase was achieved while maintaining profile,” Rick Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management, said about the increase in first-year students. “Average ACT scores, high school GPAs and index scores for this year’s freshman class all show that UCM is continuing to be a moderately selective institution of choice. True to UCM’s strategic positioning that emphasizes ‘Learning to a Greater Degree,’ students who come to UCM know they will have a quality educational experience that will change their lives.”
Sluder said the campus is enjoying a more diverse student environment, aided by a 4 percent increase in African American students over fall 2011, and a 14.8 percent increase in Hispanic students. The number of students claiming two or more races (non-Hispanic) increased by 37 percent.
The university’s efforts to reach out to active duty military personnel and veterans with programs such as the Military Tuition Package contributes to at least 590 individual enrollments this fall. This is a 31.1 percent increase since 2010.
Based on enrollment data, demand for online courses also continues to gain momentum at UCM. The number of course credit hours this semester has increased by 14.6 percent over the same period a year ago, and UCM has enjoyed a 131.5 percent increase in online course credit hours over the past five years.