University of Montana's enrollment grows for first time in a decade

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The University of Montana Oval fills with foot traffic between classes on Monday. The university’s total enrollment grew this fall semester compared to fall 2020.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian Skylar Rispens

For the first time in nearly a decade the University of Montana’s overall enrollment grew this fall.

Powered by a large incoming freshman class and improved retention, the university saw a 3% increase in its total enrollment for the fall 2021 semester compared to fall 2020, bringing it to 10,106 students.

“It’s exciting to see UM returning to growth. We’ve spent the last couple of years really working hard to adapt how we recruit students, but also how we retain students,” said UM President Seth Bodnar on Monday. “I think there are lots of really positive indicators.”

The first-time entering freshman class grew by nearly 30% and currently sits at 1,276 students, which accounts for about 21% of UM’s total enrollment this semester, according to data provided by UM. 

The large freshman class coupled with gains in retention indicate to university

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