Cameron continues historic enrollment growth

Cameron University’s historic enrollment growth continues in Fall 2010 with the largest headcount enrollment and the largest FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment in the university’s 102-year history. For the second consecutive year, Cameron has set a new record for the largest freshman class with about 2800 freshmen on campus, signifying a 16 percent increase over last year and a 44 percent increase in two years. CU has realized a two-year overall headcount growth of 16 percent or over 850 more students on campus than in Fall 2008. In Fall 2009, enrollment leapt by 13.5 percent in headcount growth; this fall, enrollment has continued to grow by 3 percent.

“Everything we undertake at Cameron – from construction projects to hiring new faculty members to increasing scholarship opportunities - is done with the Cameron student in mind,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “As evidenced by our mission statement and our core values, we are committed to providing students the highest quality education at an affordable price. The continuing increase in enrollment demonstrates that we are indeed filling the educational needs of the residents of southwest Oklahoma and beyond.”

Cameron has seen an almost 8 percent increase in the number of 2010 Oklahoma high school graduates attending CU. Also again this year, about one-third of the 2010 high school graduates from Comanche County have made Cameron their University of Choice.

Cameron’s on-campus housing continues to be in high demand and is full again this fall.

Enrollment in Cameron’s graduate programs is up almost 8 percent over last year, bringing the two-year increase in graduate students to more than 22 percent. The increase in graduate student headcount represents the highest graduate enrollment in the past 10 years.

Military and military dependent enrollment has increased almost 11 percent over last year, thanks to Cameron’s numerous initiatives designed for military students, dependents and veterans. The university’s commitment to that portion of the student body resulted in Cameron being named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

CU-Duncan has maintained the record setting level of enrollment achieved last year and has added its first two full-time faculty members to provide additional services to students on the branch campus. 

“It is rewarding that so many students continue to choose Cameron as the University of Choice,” says Ross. “Capital improvements including more than $55 million in construction, enhanced academic programs, top quality faculty, and increased extracurricular activities ensure that our students are indeed having the College Experience of Choice, as defined by our ‘Plan 2013: Choices for the Second Century,’ the strategic plan that has provided our roadmap to success.”

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.

 

 

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August 26, 2010

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