Preliminary figures indicate that overall enrollment at Cameron University will settle around 6,000 students again this year. This represents an approximate five percent decline compared to Fall 2011 figures and follows seven consecutive fall and spring semesters of record enrollment growth. The past three fall semesters have tallied all-time high enrollment levels for the university.
“We anticipated a decline this year,” explains Jamie Glover, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Cameron’s largest counties for enrollment of new students - Comanche and Stephens - experienced nearly a nine percent decline in the number high school graduates in 2012. This fact was going to impact our enrollment.”
Despite the drop in area high school graduates, Cameron has continued to maintain the percentage of high school graduates from the area choosing to attend CU. Specifically, roughly 30 percent of 2012 high school graduates from the Lawton Public Schools system are freshmen at Cameron this fall. Likewise, about 25 percent of all the 2012 high school graduates from Comanche and Stephens counties are enrolled at CU. These percentages are consistent with recent years.
Campus housing remains at capacity again this year, marking the seventh consecutive year that housing on campus has been full.
“The construction of Cameron Village and the renovation of several floors of Shepler Center have enhanced on-campus living opportunities,” says Glover. “Having students making Cameron their home adds to the energy on campus and gives students a complete collegiate experience.”
Graduate enrollment is projected to be equal to last year, representing an increase of almost 40 percent over 2008 levels, when Cameron’s historic enrollment growth began.
“With full campus housing and enrollment on track to be equivalent to recent year levels, it is a great time to be at Cameron University,” says Glover. “In Fall 2009, Cameron experienced a 14 percent growth over the prior year and was the first time since 1995 that the university welcomed more than 6,000 students on campus. Our commitment to providing the highest quality education at an affordable price, more than $2 million in university scholarships and tuition waivers, increased private scholarships and a wide-ranging variety of numerous new student-centered initiatives enable Cameron to maintain its stature as the University of Choice.”
Because enrollment for the fall semester is continues, final enrollment numbers will continue to fluctuate until the end of the semester.
August 16, 2012