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UMM enrollment on the rise

Enrollment at the University of Minnesota, Morris increased by more than 5 percent for 2010, confirming a three-year growth trend, according to the university.

The enrollment figures are preliminary until the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meets in October, but the increase in degree-seeking students plus non degree-seeking students results in a total enrollment of new and continuing students at 1,812, a six-year high.

Applications to Morris for fall 2010 enrollment set an all-time high. New students on campus this fall include 419 first-year students, up more than 3 percent over last year, and 134 transfer students, up 30 percent over last year.

Director of Admissions Bryan Herrmann said several factors contributed to the growth trend.

"We are attracting students who appreciate Morris's liberal arts mission and the value of a Morris education," Herrmann said. "Students and their families clearly understand what Morris--the campus and the community--has to offer. The admissions team's work, as well as faculty and staff investment, paired with consistent and clear messaging has had a solid, sustaining effect on recruitment. And word-of-mouth from current students and alumni makes a significant impact, too."

Morris plans to continue increasing enrollment at a continual, gradual rate, Herrmann said, "ensuring exceptional services and educational opportunities for all of our students."

The University of Minnesota, Morris received "Best College" designations from both U.S. News and World Report and Forbes this fall. Parents and Colleges, a resource for parents of college bound students, named Morris a Top 10 Best Value Public University in its most recent nationwide ranking.