Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:14pm
University of the Cumberlands (UC) recently welcomed onto campus its largest undergraduate student body in the school’s history. 1,366 undergraduate students are enrolled at UC this semester and are currently busy preparing for their first classes of the year, which start on Wednesday, August 22.
This year’s freshman class is the largest UC has had in five years, said Dr. Jerry Jackson, Vice-President for Enrollment. When all new students are considered, including freshmen and transfers, Cumberlands will have a record-high enrollment of 520 new students.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the students,” said Dr. Jerry Jackson, Vice-President for Enrollment. “We’re proud that so many students see Cumberlands as a high-quality, affordable option for them to extend their education, enrich their lives and prepare for their careers.”
In addition, online undergraduate enrollment has grown to 870 students, a 48 percent increase from last year’s enrollment of 587. Online students are part of Cumberlands’ School of Lifelong Learning, which offers fully online associate and bachelor degree programs in 12 academic areas.
“Our online programs are focused on adult learners who need affordability and flexibility when considering how to re-immerse themselves in the college climate,” said Jackson. “We deliver academic excellence in ways that fit into the lives of busy learners.”
The enrollment growth did not stop at the undergraduate level. Cumberlands’ graduate student population has grown to 9,127 as the semester gets underway. There were 5,440 graduate students in online classrooms last year.
Perhaps the most notable statistic when considering all areas of enrollment is Cumberlands’ total enrollment: 11,886 students. Cumberlands continues to maintain a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 and remains the largest private university in Kentucky.
“We are dedicated to the wellbeing and success of all of our students, first and foremost,” said Dr. Emily Coleman, Vice-President for Student Services. “This university is here to provide a quality education that is affordable for everyone. This fall’s enrollment reflects that.”
Jackson said enrollment numbers can fluctuate daily, as students may begin classes as late as August 30. Final enrollment numbers are reported at that time.