A Closer Look at Graduate versus Undergraduate Summer Enrollments

The overwhelming majority of summer enrollments are in undergraduate courses. Undergraduate enrollments in summer 2016 increased over the previous summer, but enrollments in graduate courses did not. And while both undergraduate and graduate summer enrollments are lower than what they were in 2013, the dip has been somewhat steeper for graduate enrollments.

The following chart tracks graduate versus undergraduate enrollments over the past four summers. Keep in mind that the one College of Arts and Sciences graduate program, the Masters of Science in Geospatial Analysis, was not in existence prior to summer 2015. Also, the Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree offered by the College of Business has not been accepting new applicants since 2014 as decisions are made about redefining and reorganizing the program.

 

  2013 2014 2015 2016
College of Arts and Sciences        
Graduate Credit Hours 0 0 18 9
Undergraduate Credit Hours 4,934 4,353 4,007 4,219
TOTAL Credit Hours 4,934 4,353 4,025 4,228
Graduate Enrollment Share 0% 0% 0.4% 0.2%
         
College of Business        
Graduate Credit Hours 363 243 276 162
Undergraduate Credit Hours 583 751 610 590
TOTAL Credit Hours 946 994 886 752
Graduate Enrollment Share 38.4% 24.4% 31.2% 21.5%
         
College of Education        
Graduate Credit Hours 903 804 778 877
Undergraduate Credit Hours 123 0 96 124
TOTAL Credit Hours 1,026 804 874 1,001
Graduate Enrollment Share 88.0% 100% 89.0% 87.6%
         
TOTAL        
Graduate Credit Hours 1,266 1,047 1,072 1,048
Undergraduate Credit Hours 5,640 5,104 4,713 4,933
TOTAL Credit Hours 6,906 6,151 5,785 5,981
Graduate Enrollment Share 18.3% 17.0% 18.5% 15.5%

Since 2013, summer graduate enrollments have dropped by a bit more than 17% and undergraduate enrollments have declined by 12.5%. The prospect for future summer graduate enrollment is improving, however, as new graduate enrollment is up in fall 2016, bringing total graduate enrollment up over the previous year for the first time since graduate enrollment was at its peak, in fall 2009.The Strategic Enrollment Plan’s emphasis on further increasing graduate enrollments hopefully offers an opportunity to begin reversing the declines in summer graduate enrollments.

 

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