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U of M, Crookston Spring Enrollment Up 13 Percent for Degree-Seeking Students
February 27, 2008

Contact: Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (klemos@umn.edu)


CROOKSTON, Minn. (February 25, 2008) – Spring 2008 official enrollment at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is up nearly 13 percent over last year for degree-seeking students, continuing to affirm the actions the campus has taken to address recruitment and retention. Official numbers show 1072 degree-seeking students compared with 951 for spring semester 2007.

“Planning and strategies at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are showing results,” said Chancellor Charles H. Casey. “We are seeing growth in targeted academic degree programs, and as we expand our recruitment and marketing efforts, we are attracting a wider base of student groups. More international and online students and student-athletes are choosing to earn their U of M degree at the Crookston campus.”

Delivering an applied-learning, technology-infused educational approach, the Crookston campus goal is to increase enrollment to maintain and enhance excellence, fully utilize campus facilities and provide an exceptional living and learning environment for students. Campus priorities include enhancing recruiting efforts, providing more academic program choices, assisting and supporting students to ensure their success, broadening global focus and providing more undergraduate research and service-learning opportunities.

A five-year retention plan was conceptualized and implemented fall semester 2006. Measures show that freshman retention rates over the past two years from fall to spring remain stable at 86.5 percent, thanks in part to investments in a brand-new First-Year Seminar program. The program, designed to help students make a smooth transition to college life and educational expectations, was piloted with a volunteer group this year, and the campus plans to expand the First-Year Seminar experience next year.

New degree programs and sub-plans, including biology, organizational psychology, urban forestry and bio-fuels and renewable energy technology, are also attracting more students. Applications and admits are up significantly for fall 2008 – nearly 80 percent and 60 percent respectively over last year at this same time.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston – become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.