An enrollment trend that includes nine increases in the past 10 years should continue this spring at the University of Arkansas at Monticello according to preliminary numbers being reported by Dr. Debbie Bryant, UAM’s registrar.

UAM currently has 3,098 students enrolled in one or more hours for the spring term, up 22.4 percent from the 2,531 students enrolled at the same time last year.

The increase follows a trend that began in 2002 when UAM’s spring semester enrollment numbered 2,162. Since then, spring enrollment has increased to 2,304 in 2003, 2,696 in 2004, 2,718 in 2005, 2,898 in 2006, 3,112 in 2007, dipped to 3,063 in 2008, then increased again to 3,233 in 2009, 3,473 in 2010, and finally to last year’s spring record of 3,482.

“We will have to wait until we have the final numbers before we know if we’re going to have another spring enrollment record,” said Bryant, “but these early numbers are certainly encouraging.”

UAM set an all-time enrollment record during the fall semester with 3,920 students at its campuses in Monticello, Crossett and McGehee.

“Obviously we are pleased by these preliminary numbers,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “The institution has experienced steady growth over the last decade, which is attributable to several factors, not the least among them the economy. The remarkable thing about our enrollment is we are seeing increases at a time when the number of high school graduates in our traditional service area is decreasing.  This is a tribute to the work of our admissions and recruiting staff and to the efforts of the campus marketing and advertising committee for getting our message out to areas of the state and region outside our traditional recruiting area.

“Recently, the institution adopted the acronym ART, which stands for advising, retention and teaching,” he continued. “We believe this represents the foundation of our growth in recent years and I want to commend our faculty for their efforts in helping our students not only stay in school, but to succeed and graduate.”

Final enrollment figures for the spring semester will be released January 27 following the 11th class day. Registration for the spring semester will begin January 9 at all three campuses with sessions for first-time freshmen, transfer students, night-only and graduate students. Open registration for all other students will take place January 10. For a complete registration schedule, go to UAM’s website, click on academics, then schedules.