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UMM enrollment hits 11-year high

MORRIS -- With 469 freshmen and 99 new transfer students registered for the fall semester, enrollment is up at the University of Minnesota, Morris. This is a 13.5 percent increase over fall 2012 and the campus’ highest freshman enrollment in 11 years. The increase in new students was expected for fall 2013, as Morris saw an all-time high in applications last spring.

Although the numbers are considered preliminary until the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meets in October, the total number of degree- and nondegree-seeking students enrolled at Morris this fall is estimated to be 1,952. Of the first-year students on campus, 84 percent are Minnesota residents, 14 percent are out-of-state students, and nearly 27 percent are students of color.

“While tuition has increased throughout higher education, a Morris liberal arts education continues to be an incredible value for our students and their families,” said Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions. “We are attracting students who appreciate the value and authenticity Morris has to offer.”

The number of students choosing to live on campus is also on the rise. There are 939 on-campus students this fall, and residence halls are at full capacity. This is the highest occupancy since 2001. In order to accommodate the increased demand for campus housing, Morris recently opened its Green Prairie Community. Providing living and learning spaces for 72 new and upper-division students, the new residence hall expands the institution’s sustainability initiatives.