First-day Data Shows UCM on Track to Set Fall Enrollment Record
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 20, 2013) - Preliminary data released on the first day of classes by the University of Central Missouri show the university is on track to set a fall student enrollment record for the third consecutive year, while also achieving the fourth consecutive increase in student numbers. Overall increases in undergraduates, graduate students and international students are contributing to the positive enrollment outlook at a time when the state is experiencing a smaller pool of high school graduates entering higher education. Indicators also suggest an increase in student retention, reflecting early results of a campus-wide initiative to improve student success.
Although exact enrollment data will not be available until the Sept. 17 census, preliminary figures were released by Rick Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management. The data indicate there are 12,297 total undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UCM, which is an increase of 5.4 percent over the opening day of fall semester 2012.
“Our preliminary enrollment figures are very promising, and are a strong indication of what we can expect on census date, although final data may change,” Sluder said. “The campus is committed to making student success a priority, while also providing a quality education at a reasonable cost. This certainly contributes to strong student interest in UCM.”
UCM President Charles Ambrose also noted, “Through initiatives such as the new Learning to a Greater Degree contract for student completion, our goal is to not only get students to enroll at UCM, but to retain them and help them graduate on time. UCM is committed to measures that support students so that this year’s new freshman class will graduate in 2017. This will ultimately reduce the cost of their education and enable these students to enter professional careers much sooner.”
Sluder said the last date for students to drop or add classes is Aug. 27. Census data will include students who are taking off-schedule and dual-credit courses. More detailed numbers related to other key enrollment categories also will be available at that time.
Preliminary data indicates there are 9,808 undergraduate students, a 2.7 percent increase and 2,489 graduate students enrolled, up 17.85 percent. The number of international students attending UCM, 817, is a new record, and total international enrollment is up 51 percent over fall 2012. Although exact figures will not be known until next week, student housing contracts are expected to increase, as well.
Annual fall enrollment has continued to climb since 2009. On the first day of classes that year, Aug. 17, there were 10,487 students on campus.