UM sees biggest enrollment gain in 14 years, record retention

Overall enrollment at the University of Montana rose this academic year, powered primarily by a large freshman class but also boosted by record retention of last year’s freshmen. 

University leaders on Monday touted the growth as the most significant in more than a decade, and depicted it as steering the school toward multi-year growth after 10 years of declining from about 2011–20. UM, including graduate programs, law school and the two-year Missoula College, has an enrollment of 10,327 students, an increase of 3.7% over last year’s dip to 9,955. And it’s an improvement over fall 2021 enrollment of 10,106 students. The school experienced a growing freshman class for the third consecutive year and boosted retention of last year’s freshmen to 76%, a 2% increase from last year and the highest level in school history. 

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The 3.7% increase in overall enrollment was the greatest year-over-year enrollment increase in 14 years, according to Mary Kreta, UM vice president for enrollment management and strategic initiatives. Kreta noted that this fall’s incoming freshman class of 1,616 between the college and university is the largest in seven years, “and that’s on the backs of

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