Enrollment numbers at Concordia University, St. Paul have reached an all-time high of 2,941 students for the fall 2012 semester, surpassing the previous census mark of 2,842 in fall 2010.
Total traditional undergraduate headcount for the fall semester is 1,211, marking an increase of 29 students from the previous year, as Concordia welcomed 181 new freshmen, 94 transfers and 299 post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO) students.
“These numbers are significant in light of declining high school enrollments,” said Kristin Vogel, Concordia’s director of undergraduate admissions. “More and more students are finding value in a Concordia education and we are excited to welcome them to our campus.”
Concordia’s graduate programs saw the largest increase in enrollment, adding 81 students for a total census figure of 1,189. Adult degree completion programs also reported an increase in enrollment to 541 total students, up 31 from the previous fall.
“We are thrilled to see the increase in both our adult undergraduate and graduate enrollment,” Director of Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Kim Craig said. “We are confident this trend will continue with the partnerships we have created, the programs we have yet to launch and the dedicated staff and faculty that serve our students.”
In addition to the higher census numbers, retention rates also saw a marked increase for both freshmen and transfers. The retention for freshmen increased from 66% last year to 71%, while transfer retention improved from 70% to 79%.
“The enrollment increase reflects the hard work our admissions staff conducts to recruit students and the dedication of our faculty and staff for their roles in helping to retain them on our campus.” Concordia President Tom Ries said.
The numbers are based on total enrollment figures reported on the tenth day of class, which is traditionally used for the census date because it occurs after the add/drop deadline.