A new master’s degree in education at Colorado State University-Pueblo has resulted in an increase in overall enrollment and a significant rise in the number of graduate students on campus, according to CSU-Pueblo Provost Russ Meyer.
Overall enrollment at the University is up 1.1 percent, or 46 students, from 4096 to 4142 as of census day (Sept. 11), the uniform reporting date for enrollment in Colorado’s higher education institutions. While the freshman class size is the same as last year, the overall enrollment increase may be attributed to a 26 percent jump in the number of graduate students from 173 to 218. The largest increases could be seen in the freshman and senior classes, with gains of 67 and 78 students respectively.
Although official figures are not yet available, preliminary indications signal that freshman retention is up as well, which gives University representatives good reason to expect even more growth over the next several years. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the University’s new first-year program and admissions office, personal contact with admitted students resulted in a higher percentage of applicants enrolling for fall classes.
“My thanks go out to the efforts of everyone on campus for showing such a commitment to the goals of increasing the University’s retention rates and enrollment numbers,” said President Joseph Garcia. “I’m looking forward to even stronger growth in the years ahead as construction projects are completed and new programs continue to evolve.”
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