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The University of Arkansas at Monticello has enrolled 3,897 students for the 2013 fall semester at its three campuses in Monticello, Crossett and McGehee according to preliminary census figures released today by the UAM registrar’s office.

The figures indicate a slight drop from last fall’s record enrollment of 3,946 students, ending a streak of 11 consecutive fall semester enrollment records.

“At a time of shrinking public school enrollments in our traditional service area, this small drop was not unexpected,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “At the same time, we continue to be optimistic about future growth opportunities. Setting enrollment records for 11 consecutive years is a tribute to the hard work of our university family. Our emphasis on admission, retention, advising, teaching, and maintaining a low cost of attendance continues to have a positive impact on the number of students choosing to attend the University. I commend the efforts of Mary Whiting, our director of admissions and enrollment management, and her staff for their hard work in helping us maintain strong enrollment numbers.”

From 2003 to 2012, UAM’s enrollment increased by 37 percent – from 2,875 to last fall’s record 3,946. Fall enrollment figures grew steadily since 2003, increasing to 2,942 in 2004; 2,959 in 2005; and exceeding 3,000 for the first time in 2006 with an enrollment of 3,179. The growth has continued with an enrollment of 3,187 in 2007; 3,302 in 2008; 3,479 in 2009; 3,638 in 2010; and 3,920 in 2011.

“We are continuing to explore ways to maintain and grow the institution,” said Lassiter. “I believe strongly that the combination of academic excellence and affordability makes UAM an attractive option for students seeking a higher education. We have tried very hard to keep the cost of attendance reasonable and within reach of our constituencies.  We have one of the lowest total costs of attendance of any four-year institution in the state and we plan to keep it that way.”

Whiting, dean of enrollment management and director of admissions, praised the admissions staff in the recruitment of new students. “Our recruiters spend long hours on the road visiting high schools and talking to potential students,” said Whiting. “They are the ones who should receive the lion’s share of the credit.”