Friday, April 3, 2009

Mercer University Sets Spring Enrollment Record

Mercer University has set a spring enrollment record, surpassing last year’s total by 547 students. Based on official 15th class day numbers, Mercer has enrolled 7,591 students this spring, 7.8 percent more than the comparable period last year.

The record comes on the heels of the largest fall enrollment in the university’s 176-year history. The most significant gains in spring enrollment were recorded in Mercer’s Tift College of Education, which saw an increase of 327 students, or 21.5 percent over last year’s figures. The College of Continuing and Professional Studies was up 125 students, or 16.2 percent over last year.

Fall to spring freshman retention on the Macon campus also showed a healthy increase over the past two years, improving to 94.8 percent versus 93.6 percent for the fall 2007 and fall 2006 entering classes.

“A number of our degree programs are proving to be particularly popular in this economic environment,” said President William D. Underwood. “There is growing demand for several of Mercer’s graduate programs, particularly at the Ph.D. level. The strong retention figures for our freshman class are also very encouraging.”

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