The overall headcount enrollment at the University of Montana for spring semester is down 5.4 percent when compared to spring semester 2017. The total spring headcount is 10,987, which is 628 fewer students than a year ago.
UM officials said the enrollment numbers were anticipated. Thomas Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs, expects the final enrollment number to grow somewhat as students finish paying bills for the semester.
“Traditionally, spring numbers are always lower as we have as students who graduate midyear,” Crady said. “We expect our final tally to grow as students continue to finalize their paperwork and payment.”
A bright spot in the UM enrollment picture is the Graduate School, which posted a 4.5 percent increase in headcount enrollment for spring semester when compared to a year ago – an addition of 100 students.
UM’s full-time equivalent for students this semester stands at 9,132, which is down 6 percent from a year ago. An FTE represents 15 undergraduate or 12 graduate student credits.
The headcount at the University’s mountain campus was down 6 percent. However, UM’s two-year Missoula College was down only 1.8 percent compared to a year ago. Early admittance and dual enrollment students were up 18.1 percent. MC was down 29 students overall this spring when compared to last spring. The college enrolls 1,580 students.