ASC enrollment up 20% and growing

(08-20-2009)

Enrollment at Adams State College is already nearly 20 percent higher than last year and is expected to rise further by the time classes begin Aug. 24, according to Adam State Provost, Michael Mumper. The new freshman class is up almost 14 percent, at 538. All other categories are recording increases, as well.

"We could well see our highest undergraduate enrollment since 1973, once all students are registered," Mumper said.

As of August 19 data, total enrollment is 2,850, an increase of 19.5 percent over the same time last year. Of those, 2,045 are undergraduates, a 12 percent increase, and 591 are graduate students, an increase over 47 percent. Those figures include Adams State's distance undergraduate programs, which show an increase of almost 30 percent. To date, there is a 15 percent increase in Colorado resident students and a 5 percent increase in non-residents.

Mumper said several factors have contributed to the enrollment growth, particularly the increase in registrations by returning students.

"The past two years we have admitted freshman classes with higher academic profiles, and we are finding now that those students are performing better and are staying in college at a higher rate," Mumper said.

Adams State has also introduced new academic programs and new athletic programs. For example, 46 students are enrolled in the new online Master's of Business Administration program. Intercollegiate teams for men's golf, men's soccer, and women's swimming and diving have also attracted new students. In addition, Adams State is adding club sports for climbing, men's soccer, men's golf, and women's rugby.

"The new sports, the new clubs, the new academic programs, and new construction on campus are building excitement among students. We are expecting a historic year here at ASC," Mumper said.

The college recently broke ground on its first new residence hall in over 40 years, and began extensive renovation of existing student housing.

There is still time to register for the fall semester at Adams State. Students may do so online. The One Stop Student Services Center is open in Adams State's Student Union Building, corner of First St. and Stadium. Questions may be directed to the One Stop toll-free, 866-344-1687, or at 587-7306.

By Julie Waechter