New student enrollment up at UM; overall numbers down

2013-09-26T14:00:00Z 2013-09-27T00:19:34Z New student enrollment up at UM; overall numbers downBy MARTIN KIDSTON Missoulian The Billings Gazette
September 26, 2013 2:00 pm  • 

MISSOULA — New student enrollment at the University of Montana was up this fall semester, though overall enrollment fell below last year’s levels, the school announced today.

The university announced a headcount of 14,525 students, exceeding the school’s initial projections, but marking a decrease of roughly 418 students from last year.

UM President Royce Engstrom said the school has launched a series of efforts to improve outreach to new students and their parents, and on some levels, the efforts are already paying off.

“The university has made significant changes in the past year on a number of fronts – in the amount of scholarship money we offer and our marketing and recruiting strategies,” Engstrom said. “We provide more programs than ever to help students succeed.”

The number of Missoula-area high school students enrolled at UM increased from 308 to 441 this semester, while new student enrollment climbed to 3,418 – three more students from last year.

Graduate level enrollment also stayed on track with last year’s numbers at 2,271 students. The student headcount at Missoula College remained at 2,467, also the same as last year.

Engstrom said this year’s freshmen also enter the college better prepared. Roughly 74 percent of resident freshmen took at least four years of math in high school, compared with 69 percent last year.

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