Final enrollment numbers for the fall of 2012 show that USM has stabilized its numbers and has met financial targets.
This fall’s total enrollment of all part-time and full-time students is 9,385, an increase of 84 (.90 percent) over the fall 2011 total of 9,301.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” said USM President Theo Kalikow, “but we definitely are heading in the right direction.”
“There are some very positive trends within that overall number,” said Susan Campbell, USM’s chief student success officer. “The number of new students is higher this fall than for the past two years, plus the number of full-time students, all of whom are enrolled in degree programs, is trending upward. We are becoming much more of a degree-granting university.”
Campbell attributes the fall 2012 numbers to more targeted efforts aimed at both recruiting new students and retaining existing students; a more aggressive marketing campaign utilizing digital media; more competitive room and board rates; and the infusion of $1 million in reallocated university funds into scholarships. USM plans to make the same level of scholarship monies available for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Some 1,879 new and first-year transfer students are attending classes this fall, compared to 1,557 in the fall of 2011, an increase of about 20 percent.
The number of full-time students is trending upward, 5,735 in 2011 to 5,810 (1.3 percent) this fall, a positive trend in terms of USM graduating more students. USM’s part-time enrollment totals 3,575 this fall, virtually dead even with the 2011 part-time enrollment of 3,566. USM’s part-time enrollment dropped 20 percent between 2007 and 2011 (4,457 to 3,566).
Total credit hours, a measure of courses taken and tuition income generated, also is on the increase, from 94,139 in 2011 to 95,650 (1.6 percent) this fall.
USM had set a target of 1,100 students in Gorham residence halls this semester and exceeded that target by 58 students.