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Fall enrollment numbers soar to record high as graduate and international admissions numbers continue to rise

Fall enrollment numbers soar to record high as graduate and international admissions numbers continue to rise

Fall enrollment reached an all-time high of 2,956 students—up 188 students from the previous record enrollment of 2,768 students in fall 2009. The freshman class enrollment totaled 608 this fall, which breaks last fall’s record number of 598 students. The previous record freshman class had been 512 students in fall 1998, the year the university started Crusader football. 

UMHB is also seeing a rise in the number of transfer students and international students. The number of transfer students rose this year to 301 students as compared to 263 transfers in fall 2009. The number of international students had a significant jump to 109 foreign students from 18 countries, compared to 56 international students from 11 countries last fall. 

“We were delighted to welcome more than 1,000 new students to our campus this fall,” President Randy O’Rear said. “The enthusiasm of our record freshman class was evident during Welcome Week and has continued through the semester. I am very pleased that the word continues to spread about the quality academic programs at UMHB.” 

According to Gary Lamm, associate vice president for enrollment management, the university can attribute the increases to multiple factors. 

“We have a collaborative effort across UMHB, with everyone committed to the vision of the university,” said Lamm. “Our recruiting office staff works tirelessly throughout the year, and we have increased our international recruiting efforts, which are reflected in these results.” 

Lamm said there has been a growth in prospective student interest due to recruiting events such as Sader Days, Cru Camps, and Preview Weekend. The student organization SearchCRU also makes it possible for more prospective students to visit the university by providing campus tours. 

To accommodate the increased housing needs of the growing student body, a new apartment complex, Garner Hall, was completed this summer and opened in time for classes this August. 

The university places an emphasis on keeping class sizes small in comparison to classes at larger universities. The current student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1, and most courses have a maximum number of 30 students or less.