ASC Summer enrollment up over 14%

(05-26-2009)

Enrollment is up more than 14 percent in Adams State College's 2009 Summer Session, according to Adams State Provost Michael Mumper. Total enrollment as of May 25 is 802, compared to 701 last year at this point. The total includes 474 undergraduates and 328 graduate students.

Summer courses began May 11. Mumper expects enrollment to increase further as the session proceeds and new courses and workshops begin. For example, at least 25 additional graduate students will be enrolled in Adams State's new Master's of Business Administration program, which begins in June.

Mumper attributes the increase to a combination of factors. "We adjusted our course schedule to allow students to take a full credit load." Not only are more undergraduate students enrolled for this summer, but their credit loads are higher, with the total student credit hours up more than 27 percent, he said.

"Also, we are retaining more students, possibly due to the higher academic profile of our recent freshman classes," Mumper said. "In a poor economy, there are fewer summer jobs, so some students may have decided to stay on campus and get ahead in their degree progress."

Fall enrollment also looking up

Mumper is also optimistic about Adams State's fall enrollment. "Compared to this time last year, our undergraduate registrations are up 13 percent. Again, we believe we are retaining more underclassmen," he said.

He noted that freshmen applications are up 14 % from last year, already exceeding total applications for last fall. Mumper expects the freshman class to equal or exceed last year's, which was 490.

Another positive indicator is housing applications for fall, which are up a total of 166 students from last year at this time, according to Director of Auxiliary Services Bruce Del Tondo. As of May 22, applications from new students were up 23 percent over last year, and returning students' applications were up 41 percent.

Many Adams State summer courses and workshops are still taking registrations. For more information, clickhere, or call the One Stop at 719-587-306, or toll-free: 866-344-1687.

By Julie Waechter