CMU Leads In Enrollment Gains
Enrollment is one important measure of the vitality of a college or university, and for Central Methodist University, the numbers look very robust indeed.
This past fall, CMU eclipsed two important thresholds for the first time in its over 150-year history, noted President Marianne Inman. A total of more than 5,000 different students took CMU coursework, while credit hour production - termed full-time equivalent enrollment - broke the 3,000 barrier.
CMU's rate of growth in headcount enrollment was the highest of any public or private four-year college in Missouri last fall, according to a report by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
Total enrollment grew by 11.32 percent, to a total of 5,183 students served by CMU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its College of Graduate and Extended Studies.
"Clearly these fine results reflect the quality and market appeal of our academic programs," noted President Marianne E. Inman. "We are proud of our statewide presence and of the educational opportunities available through this special university."
CMU's CGES program, comprised of its off-campus sites, its graduate studies programs, and its iSchool dual credit offerings, experienced 15.26 percent growth last fall. A total of 4,011 students were enrolled in CGES. CLAS enrollment, made up by students attending class on the main campus in Fayette, totaled 1,172 - four students shy of its all-time record set one year earlier.
No other four-year college or university in Missouri saw enrollment gains above 6.64 percent, according to the Coordinating Board report. In fact, enrollment growth among all public and private four-year institutions combined was below one percent.
Founded in 1854, Central Methodist programs range from undergraduate and graduate studies to high-school dual credit offerings. Serving more than 5,000 students on its historic main campus in Fayette, through collaborative programs at locations across Missouri, and online, the CMU mission emphasizes academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.
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