CMU enrollment passes 9,000 student milestone

Tim Foster, President, Colorado Mesa University
Tim Foster, President, Colorado Mesa University

Student enrollment at Colorado Mesa University has topped 9,000 for the first time.

The official census day count for the fall semester came it a 9,046 students. The number constitutes a 2.3 percent increase over the census day count for the fall semester last year.

“The census data is a snapshot in time, and I believe we will see the number of students enrolled continue to increase through the semester,” said CMU President Tim Foster.

“I am pleased with our growth even though it is not the double-digit percentage of increase we have had the last few years. It gives us a chance to take a breath.”

In addition to its main campus in Grand Junction, CMU operates a satellite campus in Montrose as well as Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction.

In addition to having more students enrolled, there are more students attending full time, Foster said. “We have seen a 4.7 percent increase in full-time students, which results in a 3.7 percent increase in the total number of credit hours taken.”

Other highlights of the census include increases in the number of students enrolled from populations considered underrepresented as well as increases in the number of out-of-state and international students.

Overall, the percentage of CMU students from ethnic minorities increased 6.7 percent. The number of Hispanic students increased 5.5 percent compared with fall 2011.

The number of students from out of state increased by slightly more than 5 percent with almost 1,100 students from other states now attending CMU. The number of international students grew from 24 to 42, a 75 percent increase.

“All of these increases enhance the diverse experience of our students,” Foster said. “It enriches the opportunities on campus,” Foster said.