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New Fall Enrollment Figures at UM Show Decline in Students

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For the second straight year, the University of Montana saw a decline in the number of students enrolled in the fall semester.

Just released figures show 14,525 enrolled in the fall semester.

While the number is lower than last year, Perry Brown, who is the University of Montana Provost, said it does exceed original projections. He said the total headcount decline is due primarily to smaller classes of new students and larger graduating classes. Brown said attention brought to reported sexual assaults on UM's campus also affected enrollment, but UM is working to correct its policies and improve its practices.

Still, he added UM is making major changes to increase enrollment by increasing scholarship offerings, expanding marketing and recruiting strategies, and providing more programs.

"We are named as one of the top 50 schools in the country for women in the STEM areas science, technology, mathematics and engineering," Brown mentioned. "We don't have the engineering part of that, but we have quality science and math programs."

Brown referred to the Online College Database, which on Wednesday ranked the University of Montana 43rd on its "50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM" list. UM offers 66 science, technology and math programs, and the 450 women enrolled in them make up 56 percent of STEM students. UM is the only Montana university on the list.

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