Enrollment at Cameron University for the Spring 2010 semester continues the record growth experienced during the Fall 2009 semester, when CU posted the largest enrollment increase of any university in Oklahoma. Preliminary information for the spring semester indicates an increase of more than 13 percent in the number of students enrolled when compared to Spring 2009, demonstrating Cameron's status as the University of Choice for southwest Oklahoma.
"It is rewarding to see Cameron University's enrollment growth continue," says CU President Cindy Ross. "Our goal is to provide students a top-quality education at an affordable cost, and the continuing enrollment increase is a sign that we are meeting that goal."
The number of new freshmen has increased by about 14 percent and graduate student enrollment is up more than 13 percent as well. In addition, projections indicate that about 60 percent of the student body is enrolled full-time, which represents a significant increase in the number of full-time students than the university has historically experienced.
"We are delighted to see the growth in full-time student enrollment," said Ross. "This combined with the increase in the number of students living on campus shows that students are choosing Cameron for a full collegiate experience."
Another area of significant growth is visible in the number of military and military dependent students. More than 800 military, military dependent and National Guard students are enrolled this semester, an increase of about 38 percent.
The enrollment trend extends beyond Cameron's Lawton campus. Enrollment at Cameron University-Duncan continues to grow with a projected student credit-hour growth of more than 30 percent and headcount growth of more than 20 percent. In addition, the number of student credit hours in online classes is up more than 30 percent for the Spring 2010 semester.
"We have seen remarkable growth in online classes," says Ross. "To meet increased student demand for the flexibility and convenience of online courses, Cameron is transitioning an additional seven degree programs to be available completely online."
Ross attributes Cameron's continuing enrollment growth to a number of factors. "Cameron is the second-most affordable university in the state," she says. "In addition, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual ‘Best Colleges' edition, Cameron ranks second in the nation in students graduating with the lowest debt load. Not only did we avoid tuition increases this academic year, we significantly increased the amount of financial assistance available to our students. I'm proud to say that approximately 68 percent of Cameron students graduate with no debt at all. Cameron's financial initiatives coupled with the quality of educational programs offered at Cameron are just a few of the factors that make Cameron University the University of Choice in southwest Oklahoma."
January 15, 2015