Student count reflects rising enrollment at CMU

Tim Foster, President, CMU
Tim Foster, President, CMU

Enrollment has increased over the past year at Colorado Mesa University, according to the latest results of a one-day student census.

The results also reflected increases in the number of students from other states and countries as well as those seeking bachelor’s degrees rather than associate degrees or certificates. The proportion of students who identified themselves as Hispanic rose, too, the Grand Junction-based university announced.

CMU President Tim Foster attributed the increased enrollment to the quality of the educational experience. “It’s about our personal approach and the interaction between the people who work at CMU and our students,” Foster said. “We who work here share a passion for education, from bottom to top, from A to Z.”

According to the official student count conducted Sept. 1, 9,142 students were enrolled at CMU. That’s an increase of 230 students, or 2.5 percent over the count for the 2014 fall semester.

The count constitutes only a statistical snapshot, however, because many courses had yet to begin and enrollment typically increases over the course of a semester. For the 2014 fall semester, for example, 9,116 students were served throughout the semester. More than 10,000 students ultimately were served for the 2014-2015 academic year.

For the 2015 fall semester, the first-time entering class topped 2,100. That’s short of a record but more than 250 more than the first-time students counted last fall.

The number of students from other states and countries also increased on a year-over-year basis. The number of students seeking bachelor’s degrees increased nearly 6 percent to 6,764.

The proportion of students who identified themselves as Hispanic increased from 15.4 percent last fall to 20 percent this fall.

To accommodate increasing enrollment, CMU also increased its staff with 15 new full-time faculty members who started teaching courses this fall.

“I think adding new faculty is not only a benefit to our students and the university, but it also brings a new group of well-educated people to the community who often offer new energy and perspectives,” Foster said.