MISSOULA, Mont. – If you’ve walked around the University of Montana recently, you’ve probably noticed how lively it is, and UM Fall Census Report gives a glimpse of this vibrant atmosphere.
For the first time in ten years, UM has increased its total enrollment by 3%, but it is the 30% increase in new freshmen that is even more shocking.
UM officials believe new students are drawn to the bustling campus life at UM despite a pandemic, and freshman Hailie Bass agreed.
âWe all want to be able to socialize with other people, and here at UM we have all of these opportunities, as well as being able to maintain a six-foot distance if we need to,â Bass said.
UM not only brings new faces, it also keeps students on campus. UM’s director of strategic communications Dave Kuntz said the school’s retention rate is 75.4%, an increase for the third year in a row.
âIt’s not just this student recruitment effort, but our entire effort to bring students through this degree and to the next chapter in their lives,â he said.
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Kreta said she wanted to continue to see the growth of the University.
“One of our goals is to keep receiving more applications, but also to help successful students realize that UM is the best place for them and to help them come to campus.” , Kreta said.
Regarding the pandemic, Bass said UM is not giving up on creating an environment where everyone is involved.
âThey didn’t really let him stop them. They still keep a community that we can really be joined in too,â she said.