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September 12, 2007

ULM announces enrollment numbers

Enrollment for the 2007 fall semester at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is 8,541, which is essentially flat from the 2006 fall enrollment of 8,571.

While enrollment certainly impacts ULM, President James Cofer emphasizes that it’s just one way of measuring ULM’s progress.

“These numbers impact our budget and how we plan our fiscal future,” Cofer said. “Equally significant, we examine what is behind those numbers. And what’s beneath those numbers—our ever-improving student body—is quite incredible. Our faculty and staff are attracting more academically-prepared students than ever before, as evidenced by the number of TOPS scholars and the average ACT score of our freshmen class."

The institution will continue to focus on recruiting academically prepared students, as well as focusing on retention and graduation rates, Cofer said.

"Our innovative First Year Experience initiative ensures our freshman are bolstered from the minute they step onto our campus. Our focus on quality—quality in student life and quality in student learning—is captivating our students, according to recent Student Satisfaction Survey results. All of this success will shape the future of our institution."

ULM is a top choice for an increasing number of high-ability students, said Lisa Miller, associate provost for enrollment management.

"Academically competitive high school students are choosing to dually enroll at our institution and continue their education here. We're extremely pleased with that trend."

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