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Enrollment increases; freshman class impresses

Published September 16, 2015

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is proud to announce an increase in enrollment, including an academically strong freshman class. With a total enrollment of 8,854 students, ULM has exceeded its goal of 8,800 students for fall 2015. This includes an increase of 337 students since last fall, and another scholastically talented freshman class of 1,401 students—an eight percent increase over the fall 2014 freshman class.


“It is gratifying to see so many incoming freshmen choosing ULM. Families and students are recognizing the numerous strengths we have to offer, such as our outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, and beautiful environment where students can achieve their academic goals. We are committed to seeing our students succeed, and it is that commitment that is positively impacting these measurable outcomes related to enrollment and retention. Every year we continue to improve, and we are always moving forward,” said President Nick J. Bruno.

The strategic plan over the last five years included a focus on attracting and retaining students who are academically prepared and motivated to excel in the classroom. These strategic efforts are paying off as demonstrated by the current student body representing 45 states, 53 countries, and every parish in Louisiana.

The following increases over the past five years are evidence of this strategy:

  • Increase in total enrollment—2.5 percent
  • Increase in freshman enrollment—19 percent
  • Increase in the number of freshmen receiving the TOPS scholarship—41 percent
  • Tripled the number of freshmen earning a 30 or higher ACT score
  • Increase in ACT average of freshman classpercent
  • Increase in retention—from 68 percent to 74 percent

“I’m so proud to be in one of the strongest academic classes in the university’s history,” said Rachel Rhodes, a freshman English major from Haughton. “Sometimes, adults doubt what the younger generation can do, but this shows how determined we are and how great we’ll become. I’m so happy to be a part of the ULM family.”


Dr. Mary Adams, endowed professor of English, said about the freshman class: “In terms of writing skills, this group is the most prepared that I’ve encountered at ULM. I am most impressed by the enthusiasm and purpose with which they approach each class meeting. It’s going to be an amazing semester.”

Lisa Miller, assistant vice president for enrollment, marketing, and community engagement is excited about what she has seen from the ULM community since the semester began.


“Campus is vibrant,” she said. “A quick stroll around our beautiful campus on the bayou will show full classes and residence halls, enthusiastic professors and students, and a strong optimism about the future. Everyone worked diligently throughout the year to ensure that we met all of our enrollment goals. This success is truly a reflection of the work of the entire ULM family—we are proud, we are strong, and we are taking flight!”