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Montana Western tops enrollment expectations.

September 29, 2015

Montana Western Registrar Charity Walters said the university’s 15th day statistics include 1,332 full-time equivalent (FTE) students as compared to 1,310 last year. Student headcount is 1,378 compared to 1,340 last year. She said the university has exceeded the fall enrollment projections established in the spring by 40 FTE students.

Walters also said that Montana Western has enrolled the highest entering class since 1921 including 315 freshmen and 129 transfer students. New freshmen are up 71 students over the previous year.

Chancellor Beth Weatherby said the university awarded the highest number of degrees in its 120-year history this year. “We have seen significant progress in a number of success factors at Montana Western including enrollment. Our innovative Experience One program and the diligent work of our faculty and staff is paying off for our students,” Weatherby said.

Montana Western is the only U.S. public four-year institution offering Experience One (X1) where students take a single class at a time. Now in its 10th year, the innovative program of teaching and learning has realized phenomenal success by a number of measures including enrollment, retention, class completion, graduation rates and placement.

Weatherby said the university awarded a record number of degrees this past spring. “Our faculty continue to be recognized nationally for their exceptional teaching including five Carnegie Foundation professors of the year,” she said.

The 15th day of classes serves as the official point of reference for reporting enrollment to the Montana Office of Higher Education. 

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