Cameron University enrollment continues to increase

Enrollment at Cameron University continues its historic growth, as the number of students enrolled for the Spring 2012 semester is higher than the Spring 2011 semester. This marks the fourth consecutive year of spring enrollment growth.  Spring enrollment from 2008 to 2012 has experienced an increase of more than 16 percent, or approximately 800 students. 

“Cameron University continues to be the University of Choice for Southwest Oklahoma and beyond,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “Our continuing increase in enrollment signals that Cameron’s commitment to providing a top-quality education at an affordable cost is being recognized by more and more degree-seeking individuals.”

Graduate student enrollment continues to be a high growth area for the university.  More than 500 students are pursuing master’s degrees at CU this semester, a 14 percent increase over Spring 2011 levels and an increase of more than 35 percent in the number of graduate students compared to 2008. 

“The benefits of pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees are numerous,” says President Ross. “For our students, completion of a graduate degree will result in greater lifetime earnings potential – more than 20 percent, according to studies conducted by The College Board and the U.S. Census Bureau. As those master’s students enter the workplace, they are contributing to the quality of Oklahoma’s workforce, a crucial factor in economic development.”

Additionally, concurrent enrollment continues to climb as more than 230 area high school students are concurrently enrolled this semester. This represents an increase of more than 9 percent over Spring 2011 and an increase of more than 40 percent since 2008.

“We are delighted to see so many high school students take college-level courses at Cameron University while still in high school,” President Ross explains. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students to get a head start on college and get a flavor of college life.”

The 2011-12 academic year started with the university’s largest headcount enrollment and the largest FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment in Cameron’s 103-year history.

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

“Student-learning is Cameron University’s top priority,” says President Ross. “Each member of our outstanding faculty is dedicated to student success, and we are focused on providing academic services to our students while promoting and maintaining academic excellence. Our commitment to providing top-quality education was recognized by the Higher Learning Commission following Cameron’s 10-year accreditation review, which called Cameron a ‘role model institution’ nationally.”

President Ross adds, “We are so confident in the quality education that Cameron students receive that we implemented the ‘Cameron University Guarantee.’ Beginning with the class of 2012, if a Cameron graduate enters the workplace in his or her field of study and an employer determines the graduate is lacking a basic skill relevant to his or her position, Cameron will provide additional training at no cost to the student or employee.”

In addition to providing a top-quality education and a well rounded collegiate experience, Cameron is determined to keep that education affordable. 

“Cameron continues to be the second-most affordable university in the state,” President Ross says. “In the past 10 years, we have increased resident tuition waivers and university scholarships by more than $1 million, and for the fourth consecutive year, Cameron University has ranked in the top three universities nationally with its students graduating with the lowest debt, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges edition. In fact, 68 percent of Cameron students graduate with no debt at all.”

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January 13, 2012

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