Enrollment at Cameron University has surged to more than 6,000 students for the Fall 2009 semester, up more than 13 percent compared to enrollment figures at this time last year. This is the highest headcount enrollment at CU since 1994 and the second largest headcount enrollment in the university's 101-year history. The increase in the number of students has resulted in an increase of 13.56 percent in full-time equivalent (FTE) hours, an all-time high for Cameron.
"As Cameron University enters its second century, it is a very positive sign that our enrollment is experiencing such a significant increase," said CU President Cindy Ross. "This jump is evidence that Cameron is indeed the University of Choice for southwest Oklahoma and becoming the University of Choice beyond southwest Oklahoma."
A significant amount of the growth is attributed to freshman students. More than 2,400 freshmen are roaming campus this fall, which represents an almost 24 percent increase from last year. Cameron's branch campus in Duncan continues its record growth with 648 students enrolled and an increase in FTE of more than 30 percent from last fall.
Students from area high schools are increasingly choosing to attend Cameron University. In fact, more than 30 percent of the 2009 graduates from the Lawton Public Schools are enrolled at CU this fall compared to roughly 21 percent in 2007 and 2008. Similar trends are visible at other schools in the area. Additionally, CU is experiencing growth from students outside the region. There are 164 students enrolled at Cameron this fall that hail from Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Oklahoma counties, up from a total of 103 from those counties last fall.
In addition, CU's on-campus housing continues to experience significant growth, as this semester there are 543 students living on campus. This is a 13 percent increase from last fall and represents the most students living on CU's campus since 1988.
"Cameron continues its commitment to provide students the highest quality education at an affordable price," said Ross. "The new initiatives we have recently launched to assist students financially, our focus to provide students a complete collegiate experience and our continuing efforts to help students succeed while at Cameron are contributing factors to this growth."
Graduate programs are also in high demand, with 436 graduate students enrolled compared to 386 during this period last fall. This nearly 13 percent increase in graduate student headcount represents the highest graduate enrollment in the past eight years.
Enrollment for the fall semester remains open, so final enrollment numbers will continue to shift until the end of the semester.
FTE is a standard used by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to more accurately compare enrollment at various colleges and universities. It is based on computing enrollment as if every one of a university's students were enrolled full time. FTE plays an important role in determining the amount of funding a public university receives from the state.
August 28, 2009]