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Preliminary Data Shows UCM Fall Enrollment Closing in on Record

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 27, 2015) – Although final data will not be available until the fall census, Sept. 14,  preliminary  numbers announced after the first week of classes show University of Central Missouri enrollment is on pace for a fifth consecutive record, and could possibly reach 14,000 students. The semester began Aug. 17.

Michael Godard, vice provost for enrollment management, noted that enrollment as of Monday, Aug. 24, was 7.2 percent higher than first-week enrollment in fall 2014. Total headcount for the 2015 fall semester is currently at 13,977, up from 13,035 for the same period last year.

The preliminary number includes a 1 percent increase in all undergraduate students, from 9,467 to 9,661, and a 24.5 percent increase in graduate students, from 3,468 on the sixth day of classes a year ago to 4,316 this fall. Much of this is attributed to growth in international students, which have increased 47.9 percent, from 1,863 in fall 2014 to the current 2,756.

“Our international students are primarily interested in computer science, computer information systems, and industrial management programs,” Godard said, adding that many of these students are taking classes at UCM – Lee’s Summit.  “We’re very affordable, and they are getting a great value for their education.” These are just a few of the factors that Godard believes have contributed to the significant increase in students wanting to come to UCM to pursue a higher education.

Godard said the university continues to make strides in student retention. Of particular note, recent data shows a 71 percent freshman retention rate for the fall 2015 enrollment cycle, which is a 1.4 percent increase over last year on the sixth day of classes.  

“Obviously, these are unofficial numbers and we will not know our official numbers until census,” Godard said. Additional data will be released following the census date, including the number of high school students who are taking dual credit courses, which could move the enrollment needle.

He added that preliminary figures also show the largest increase in freshmen enrollment in The Honors College in seven years, and a decrease of $5.59 million in Stafford and Plus loans from last year, which may positively impact overall student debt load. Although exact numbers are not yet available, the university  is projecting an increase in Study Abroad participation for 2015-2016, and is experiencing a 6 percent increase in the number of students who are enrolled in at least 15 credit hours per semester from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015. This is consistent with UCM’s goals to help students graduate in four years.

Reflecting on the positive preliminary enrollment numbers, Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer said the data is the “result of many people working very hard to achieve growth and quality at UCM.”

“Our excellent faculty and our hard-working staff have uplifted the reputation and success of this wonderful university,” she remarked. “We are grateful to all who have made such progress with our Contract for Completion, which is a key contributor to the campus-wide realization of Learning to a Greater Degree.”