The enrollment numbers for spring 2018 semester at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain are in and the results yield a positive projection. On the 11th class day for the spring 2018 semester, enrollment comparisons from the spring 2017 semester to the spring 2018 semester demonstrated increases in a number of areas. Chad Fielding, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs stated, “I think people are realizing more and more the opportunities that UA Rich Mountain can provide right here in their own backyard. The value provided through a quality education in either technical programs or transfer credit opportunities provides something that is simply not available in many areas of Arkansas. This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity for both UA Rich Mountain and the communities we serve.”
Significant changes on the upswing from spring to spring were in the number of students enrolled from Montgomery County and in the overall number of first time freshmen enrolled. The College experienced a 25% increase in enrollment for students residing in Montgomery County and a 90% increase in the number of first time freshmen. Following a close third in line on the growth trend was high school enrollment at 18%.
Other areas experiencing a positive incline included sophomore enrollment up 5.5%, enrollment from Scott County residents up 4.7%, and total enrollment from spring to spring up 2.9%. “By expanding our curriculum and offering some different program options, our students are provided better opportunities. We are pleased that students are taking advantage of the offerings and options provided”, stated Dr. Krystal Thrailkill, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Opportunities abound for current and prospective students at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain. Expanded services through partnerships and renovation of facilities are some of the ways the College is progressing to enhance the college experience for students.
The main campus in Mena has added a new partnership to provide a “one-stop” experience for our students and prospective students. With the addition of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to the Abernathy Building, job-seekers can also find out about education and training options available at the College to assist them in their job search. Current students can receive assistance with learning more about what careers are available and placement opportunities, post-graduation from a degree or certificate program. This collaborative partnership between UA Rich Mountain and AR Department of Workforce Services is the first of its kind for a community college campus in Arkansas.
Construction plans to begin summer 2018 include the renovation and retrofit of the science classroom and lab on the main campus in Mena. The renovations will provide cutting-edge equipment and technology for students to engage in STEM programs.
Wendy McDaniel, Director of Admissions offered this advice to current and prospective UA Rich Mountain students, “Early preparation for the summer and fall classes is going on now…students can get an early start on admissions, financial aid, and scholarship applications. Priority registration week to enroll in classes for summer and fall 2018 will be held April 2-6, 2018.”
For more information, email Admissions or Financial Aid or call: (479) 394-7622 main campus in Mena, (479) 637-5502 Waldron campus, or (870) 867-5264 Montgomery County campus in Mount Ida. #jointhetradition!