UAM Enrolls 3,539 for Spring Semester

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MONTICELLO— The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s has enrolled 3,539 students for the 2014 spring semester at its three campuses in tv_buzzworthy 10dbMonticello, Crossett and McGehee according to preliminary census figures released today by the UAM registrar’s office.

   The figures indicate a slight drop from last year’s spring enrollment of 3,591 students.

   “Our enrollment has leveled off after a decade of unprecedented growth,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “At a time when public school enrollments in our traditional service area are decreasing, this was to be expected. This is why the institution has embarked on an aggressive advertising and marketing campaign to expand our traditional recruiting base, which is why we are optimistic about future growth opportunities. We will continue to emphasize our core mission of providing educational opportunities as an open admissions institution while maintaining a low cost of attendance. I commend the efforts of Mary Whiting, our dean of enrollment management and director of admissions, and her staff for their hard work in helping us maintain strong enrollment numbers.”

   From 2003 to 2012, UAM’s enrollment increased by 37 percent – from 2,875 to a record 3,946 in fall 2012. Fall enrollment figures grew steadily since 2003, increasing to 2,942 in 2004; 2,959 in 2005; and exceeding 3,000 for the first time in 2006 with an enrollment of 3,179. The growth continued with an enrollment of 3,187 in 2007; 3,302 in 2008; 3,479 in 2009; 3,638 in 2010; and 3,920 in 2011.

   “We will continue to explore ways to maintain and grow the institution,” said Lassiter. “I believe strongly that the combination of academic excellence and affordability makes UAM an attractive option for students seeking a higher education. We have tried very hard to keep the cost of attendance reasonable and within reach of our constituencies.  We have one of the lowest total costs of attendance of any four-year institution in the state and we plan to keep itthat way.”

   Whiting, dean of enrollment management and director of admissions, praised the admissions staff in the recruitment of new students. “Our recruiters spend long hours on the road visiting high schools and talking to potential students,” said Whiting. “They are the ones who should receive the lion’s share of the credit.”

   For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (870) 460-1035 or the Office of Admissions at (870) 460-1026.

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