Fall Student Enrollment Ranks Fifth Highest
A strong incoming class along with a nearly 90 percent overall retention of returning students has resulted in Alma College enrolling its fifth highest student enrollment in its 124-year history.
The total headcount of 1,422 students is just 25 students shy of the College’s all-time high. New students number 398, the fifth highest incoming class since 2000. Last year’s enrollment was 1,444.
While most students are from Michigan, the College’s total headcount includes students from 25 other states and 15 countries.
New students attend the opening convocation in the new Art Smith Arena.
“Despite a rough economy that has challenged many students and their families, we have maintained an enrollment above 1,400 as the College continues to move forward with a sense of momentum and energy,” says Karen Klumpp, vice president for advancement.
The completed Hogan Center renovations and opening of the Art Smith Arena, the on-going construction of the Eddy Music Building addition, new academic programs in fields related to integrated health, and new President Jeff Abernathy greeted students as they arrived on campus this fall.
“The enrollment process requires a full campus effort both for the recruitment of new students and the retention of returning students,” says Klumpp. “Our positive enrollment momentum is driven by strong academic programs, student interaction with faculty, and opportunities for students to engage in the life of the College outside of the classroom.”
To support retention efforts, the College has launched First Generations Connections, a campus-wide mentoring initiative designed to help students who are the first members of their families to attend college learn about college expectations and connect with peers.
Posted: Thu, September 23rd, 2010 at 9:49AM