UMM Provides Update on Enrollment

Machias, Maine - With increases in new student enrollment, first-to-second year retention, and residence hall numbers, the University of Maine at Machias has seen positive changes in recent years.

Over the past four years the number of new students on campus has climbed steadily, rising from 87 in the fall of 2004 to 164 last fall. In that same time period, out-of-state students have climbed from 32 to 51, and the number of students who transfer to UMM from out-of-state colleges has doubled.

"These numbers are very encouraging," said President Cynthia Huggins. "Students from across Maine and New England realize that UMM is affordable and that we offer a personalized education grounded in the environmental liberal arts."

Although the number of degree-seeking students climbed from 510 last year to 565 this year, UMM is seeing a decline in the number of part-time and commuter students. This is attributable primarily to the economic recession and the rapidly escalating cost of energy.

"Many of our part-time students also work and have families to support,” said Huggins. “These economic times certainly make it more difficult for them to continue their education."

More good news is that students are staying at UMM after their first year. First-to-second year retention of new students has climbed steadily over the past 5 years, rising 13 percentage points since 2003. UMM now has the second highest student retention rate in the entire University of Maine System, slightly behind the Orono campus. When it comes to retaining out-of-state students, UMM leads the System with an 83% average.

In the residence halls, the number of students living on campus has increased by 28% over the past two years. Campus housing incentives include an expanded array of amenities – two-bedroom suites with private bath, cable television, wireless Internet access, a gender-neutral housing option, and a growing emphasis on recycling and energy conservation that appeals to many college students. Also, Aramark has expanded its affordable healthy eating options at Kilburn Commons and the Galley Snack Bar.

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