CMU growing, but pace slows in recent past
Student enrollment is up again for the seventh consecutive year at Colorado Mesa University, according to new data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
But the school’s three-year reign as the public, four-year college or university with the highest percentage of year-over-year growth in Colorado has come to an end.
Colorado Mesa had double-digit growth year over year in 2009 and 2010, then 8.5 percent growth in 2011.
The most recent numbers show total enrollment of full-time equivalent students grew 4.6 percent in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, four-tenths of a percentage point behind growth for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs last year.
Although the head count at Colorado Mesa’s Grand Junction and Montrose campuses and Western Colorado Community College totaled 8,946 last fall, the full-time equivalent number for 2012-13 was 7,625 due to part-time students.
That makes Colorado Mesa’s population the seventh-highest among a dozen four-year public institutions of higher education in the state.
Colorado Mesa grew its population of in-state students by 4 percent in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, the highest growth percentage among both four-year and two-year schools in Colorado.
At 8.5 percent, the university placed third among four-year schools for out-of-state full-time equivalent enrollment growth.
Overall, full-time equivalent enrollment at four-year and two-year public institutions of higher education statewide declined by 1.9 percent year over year in 2012-13, with enrollment going from 193,972 in 2011-12 to 190,362 in 2012-13.
Community colleges experienced a dip of more than 5 percent year over year, while four-year schools had 275 fewer students last year, a drop of less than 1 percent.
Colorado Mesa had the highest five-year growth among public colleges and universities in 2012-13 and the second-highest growth among those schools over 10 years in 2012-13.