McMurry University Reporting Strong Increase in Spring 2017 Enrollment

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:57 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University is reporting 998 total students enrolled for the Spring 2017 semester, an 8 percent increase in total student enrollment over the 915 students enrolled last Spring, McMurry officials announced today.

“Our strong spring enrollment indicates that our retention and recruitment strategies are moving us in the right direction. We are up more than 8% compared to last spring, and our students are taking over 1,000 more credit hours this year than they did during the past two spring semesters,” said David Heringer, vice president for enrollment management. “These numbers show that our students are focused on completing their degrees at McMurry.”

One key component of the University’s strategic plan for recruitment and retention was to develop a First Year Seminar program which was launched this Fall semester. The program included topical seminars based on a faculty member’s area of expertise.

“The program was designed so that students would have the opportunity to engage and reflect on complex issues, research open-ended questions and work closely with classmates on creative projects. The program also intentionally incorporated best practices for retention,” said Dr. Cindy Martin, director of the First Year Experience. “The overall feedback from the faculty and students has been positive and it is exciting to see increase in the Fall to Spring retention numbers of our first year students.”

“A key element in McMurry’s strategic plan guiding the University to its 100th anniversary in 2023 is to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse and engaged student body with the propensity to learn. In these enrollment increases, we are beginning to see the results of that effort,” said McMurry President Dr. Sandra S. Harper. 

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