This comes on the heels of the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking, which included ULM in its list of “Best National Universities.”
“We are incredibly excited to announce that, despite concerns of TOPS funding and the flooding in southern Louisiana, our numbers have not just remained stable, but have grown,” said Bruno. The total enrollment is 9,115 students, a rise of 261 students from last year’s 8,854.
A large amount of growth was evident in higher student retention rates with an increase of 58 percent to 66 percent in the first to third years. Bruno states, “We attribute these higher retention rates to the dedication of our faculty and staff who have worked hard to keep students engaged in and outside of the classroom.”
Another contributing factor Bruno notes is ULM’s success in attracting better-prepared students. For 2016, the number of entering freshman with a score of 30 or higher on the American College Testing (ACT) has increased by 29 percent. The university is also seeing an increase in the number of students from other areas of the state, including New Orleans.
eULM, the university’s online program for non-traditional students, also saw a five percent increase from 1,167 students in 2015 to 1,225 students in 2016—the largest enrollment since the program began.
Nationally, ULM’s student body is composed of 793 students from 48 states. And internationally, 331 students represent 50 different countries, with Nepal having the largest representation.
Another area of growth is in the university’s Honors Program, which is currently comprised of nearly 200 students, making it the largest cohort in the program’s history.
“We have 70 incoming freshmen with an average ACT score of 30 and approximately 30 will graduate during the 2016-17 year. These are remarkable numbers and the program’s momentum is something that we expect to sustain,” said Dr. Joshua Stockley, ULM associate professor of political science.
These improvements indicate that the university's five-year strategic plan (2013-18) is on track and that ULM should be recognized as one of the best-performing regional universities in the south.