Adams State freshman class up 5%
With a 5 percent increase in new freshmen, Adams State College is maintaining healthy undergraduate enrollment, according to Dr. Georgia Grantham, vice president for Enrollment Management. Adams State's residence halls are accommodating the largest number of students in five years, thanks to three years of freshman classes over 500. This year's class totals 533.
Grantham noted that students are reversing an earlier trend by taking larger credit loads, resulting in a 4 percent increase in total student credit hours. This more than offsets a slight decrease in total undergraduate enrollment, which is 1,996. These figures are compared to census date last fall.
Adams State's Graduate School recorded a 60 percent enrollment increase in its online programs, and an 8.5 percent increase in on-campus enrollment.
"We've doubled enrollment in our online Counselor Education program, which now sits at 64 students, and added an online master's with coaching emphasis in Human Performance and Physical Education," explained Dr. Teri McCartney, director of the Graduate School.
An on-campus graduate student increase of 8.5 percent was fueled by a new Master's in Humanities, history emphasis, which has 11 students enrolled.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Bill Mansheim, said the college's fall tuition revenue is 4 percent over budget, largely due to a 29 percent increase in non-Colorado resident undergraduates. About 14 percent of the student body is from outside Colorado, representing 29 US states and territories, as well as 6 foreign countries. New Mexico is Adams State's largest source of non-resident students.
Most of that increase is in the freshman class, with 94 non-resident students, according to Eric Carpio, Adams State Director of Admissions.
"This is the largest group of non-resident students in our freshman class in a very long time," he said, noting that 13 additional New Mexico freshmen are attending with reciprocal in-state tuition.
The freshman class is solidly diverse, he added, with more than 30 percent Hispanic, and more than 9 percent African American. Overall, 40 percent of Adams State's undergraduates are from minority groups, an increase of about 2.4 percent over last year. About 29 percent of undergraduates are Hispanic, and just under 8 percent are African American. Adams State is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, qualifying it for significant institutional development grants. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) found Adams State has the third highest Hispanic graduation rate of all 435 AASCU member institutions.
By Julie Waechter