Enrollment reports for fall 2020 census have been completed.
Highlighted this year are increases in our total, precollege, graduate, new transfer, and underrepresented students, while also sustaining mitigated and smaller than expected decreases in first-time new in college, continuing degree seeking undergraduate, and international students, and an increase in our first to second year retention rate from 78% to 79.2%.
As a reminder, due to multiple factors, prior to the pandemic we had anticipated a decrease of approx. 839 continuing degree seeking students. We anticipated growth in graduate and dual credit students, but most likely additional declines in first-time new in college, new transfer undergraduate, and international students. After we closed the campus in the spring and began anticipating the pandemic’s affect on enrollment, we estimated being down 1,200 to 1,500 total students. Our actual census numbers are very encouraging and reflect the power of a collective, campus-wide effort.
Total Headcount: 24,163, up 37 (0.2%)
- First-time new in college: 2,597, down 12 (0.5%).
- New transfer undergraduates: 1,468, up 33 (2.3%).
- Continuing degree seeking undergraduates: 11,393, down 518 (4.3%).
- Total degree-seeking undergraduates (new and returning): 15,714, down 491 (3%).
- First-time degree-seeking graduate students: 946, up 176 (22.9%).
- Continuing degree seeking graduates: 2,659, up 206 (8.4%).
- Total graduate students (new and returning/degree and non-degree seeking): 3,985, up 170 (4.5%). This is our largest graduate enrollment total ever, topping last year’s record of 3,815.
- Students from underrepresented groups: 3,300, up 225 (7.3%).
- Students taking courses through the high school dual credit program: 3,967, up 511 (14.8%).
- International students (Non-Resident Alien + External to US categories under Race/Ethnicity)*: 1,492, down 99 (6.2%).
(* Note: The section of the student report by geographic origin is based on where students were from when they first enrolled. It includes students who may have originally been here on student visas but are now permanent residents or U.S. citizens. Thus, the total of 1,519 shown in the student report exceeds the sum of the “non-resident alien” and “external to the US” categories.)
System Enrollment: 26,016 up 15 (0.1%)
- West Plains campus enrollment: 1,922, down 41 (2.1%) from 1,963 last year.
- A total of 69 students are enrolled on both campuses.
- Unduplicated system enrollment total is 26,016 up 15 (0.1%) over the corresponding total of 26,001 last year.
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Dr. Rob Hornberger
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Services