MISSOULA – Summer semester enrollment at the University of Montana experienced solid growth for the second year in a row, with over 3,000 students taking UM courses. This represents about a 3% increase from the previous summer, and it’s the highest summer enrollment since 2014.
Figures won’t be finalized until the last week of August, but 3,025 students have paid for their summer courses, which compares to 2,945 a year ago. UM officials expect the final tally to rise as more students complete their payments.
In addition to a higher summer headcount, more UM students graduated this summer. A year ago, the University awarded 422 degrees, and that jumped to 489 degree candidates this year.
“Summer session helps students cross the finish line so they don’t have to complete in the fall,” UM Provost Jon Harbor said. “This reduces their debt and moves them on to their careers sooner. We are working hard to identify courses students need to graduate in the summer to better serve our students.”
The summer enrollment bump at UM’s two-year Missoula College was even more pronounced, with the student headcount swelling 5% compared to last summer. At this time, 274 students have paid for their summer courses at MC compared to 259 a year ago.
Dr. Grace Gardner, director of UM Summer, said the University is expanding its summer semester options by offering additional classes, enhancing tutoring and discounting on-campus housing for students. For next summer, UM is planning to provide more summer institute programs for high school students as well as an early start option for first-year students.
“We are thrilled that more of our students are taking advantage of the opportunity to take classes during our beautiful Missoula summers,” Gardner said. “Summer courses can help students shorten their time to graduation, complete general education requirements, learn in accelerated course formats and receive more individualized attention in smaller classes.”