Mesa State sets enrollment records

Mesa State College set two records in 2008 for fall-semester and January-term enrollment.

The college finished the fall semester with 6,261 students, eclipsing the last record of 6,206 set after the 2007 fall semester.

The number of students enrolled in at least one class during Mesa State’s January term, which offers accelerated classes over the college’s winter break, rose from 404 students in January 2008 to 521 this year.

President Tim Foster credited new programs at the school — including a mechanical engineering degree offered through a partnership with the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a four-year radiologic technology degree — as a reason for attracting more students.

Mesa State also offers new construction management and paramedic programs this year.
Spokeswoman Dana Nunn said students at the college are also attracted to the small class sizes and engaged faculty “who are here to teach.”

“I think this is a testament to our outstanding faculty,” Foster said. “They are committed to teaching and being available to their students both in and outside the classroom.”

The college is staying ahead of its steadily increasing enrollment, Nunn said, with several new facilities completed or under construction including a new classroom building that opened this school year and a new residence hall under construction.


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