Near Record Fall Enrollment Passes 1,400 Milestone
Alma College has enrolled its second highest number of students in its 123-year history, just barely missing a record enrollment.
The total headcount of 1,444 students represents Alma’s highest enrollment since 1995 when the College enrolled 1,447 students. This is the first year since 2000 that Alma has enrolled more than 1,400 students. Last year’s enrollment was 1,384.
New students number 438, representing the fourth largest incoming class in Alma’s history. It is the first time that the College has enrolled more than 400 new students for three consecutive years.
Members of the Orientation Committee welcome new students to Gelston Hall during move-in day in August.
While most students are from Michigan, the College’s total headcount includes students from 24 other states and 16 countries.
“This year’s enrollment success contributes to a sense of campus momentum that is both exciting and energetic,” says Karen Klumpp, vice president for enrollment. “Our residence halls are full. New facility construction continues. And students are engaged in many activities outside the classroom, from study abroad to community service work to field research with their professors.
“The enrollment process requires a full campus effort,” says Klumpp. “Admissions Director Evan Montague and his staff as well as all of our faculty and campus community work hard to recruit prospective students and their families to Alma. They are already reaching out to the entering class of 2010.”
Enhanced facilities and on-going construction greeted students as they arrived on campus this fall, including new technology spaces in the Swanson Academic Center, upgrades to many of the residence halls, renovations to the Hogan Center, and the continued construction of a convocation center/gymnasium, targeted for completion in August 2010.
“Strong academic programs, student interaction with faculty, opportunities for students to engage in the life of the College, and a continued focus on affordability and access continue to drive our positive enrollment momentum,” says Klumpp.
Posted: Mon, September 28th, 2009 at 12:59AM