MISSOULA – The University of Montana reported a 7.6% decline from last fall’s student enrollment at the end of September.
The dip was expected by UM officials due to the number of 2018 spring graduates and the low number of new applicants.
The University of Montana hosted the Montana Board of Regents Thursday on campus.
A topic of discussion was ways UM — along with other Montana University System schools — can gain better access to high school students.
One area they focused on was the roughly 44% of Montana high school graduates, who do not receive a secondary education.
How can they make it easier for students? What tools are drawing kids towards the idea of going to college? These were just a few questions addressed in the meeting.
Making ACT information more available, Dual enrollment courses, a single application for all Montana University Systems — rather than having to apply to dozens and financial aid opportunities — are a few plans in the beginning stages to help build enrollment.