Cameron University enrollment edges upward

Enrollment at Cameron University for the Spring 2011 semester continues its historic growth as the number of students is up slightly compared to the Spring 2010 semester. Spring enrollment from 2009 to 2011 has experienced a jump of more than 14 percent.

“It is rewarding to see that students continue to choose Cameron University,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “The fact that our enrollment continues to rise is an indicator that Cameron remains the University of Choice for Southwest Oklahoma and beyond.”

Freshman enrollment continues to grow with more than 2,200 freshmen on campus this semester, an increase of more than 17 percent over last year. Additionally, the university continues to see a higher percentage of the student population attending as full-time students as compared to previous years. Currently, 63 percent of Cameron’s students are enrolled full-time. 

“Now more than ever, Cameron offers a complete collegiate experience, and the increase in students enrolled full-time is evidence of that,” says Ross. “Cameron’s goal is to move students toward degree completion, and our full-time enrollment is an indicator that more students are committed to attaining a college degree.”

The enrollment trend extends beyond Cameron’s Lawton campus. Enrollment at Cameron University-Duncan continues to meet records set last year when the campus experienced a 20 percent increase in the number of students attending the Duncan campus.   

“We are quite proud of the growth experienced at CU-Duncan,” said Ross.  “The Duncan campus allows convenient access to higher education to the people in Stephens county and surrounding areas.  We are committed to providing a quality experience for the students on that campus, and this year we added our first full-time faculty members on the Duncan campus in response to the growth.” 

The 2010-11 academic year started with the university’s largest headcount enrollment and the largest FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment in Cameron’s 102-year history.

Ross attributes Cameron’s sustained enrollment growth to numerous factors.

“Cameron is the second-most affordable university in the state,” Ross says. “In addition, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges edition, Cameron ranks third in students graduating with the lowest debt load in the nation. Thanks to private and public donations, we have been able to offer an increased amount of financial assistance to our students, and as a result, approximately 65 percent of Cameron students graduate with no debt at all. The single most important factor is the quality of educational programs offered at Cameron and the small class sizes that students experience. These are just a few of the elements that make Cameron University the University of Choice in Southwest Oklahoma.”

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January 27, 2011

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