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The overall headcount enrollment at the University of Montana for spring semester is down 5.4 percent when compared to spring semester 2017, according to a news release from the campus. The total spring headcount is 10,987, which is 628 fewer students than a year ago.

The headcount at the university’s mountain campus was down 6 percent, according to UM.

Thomas Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs, expects the final enrollment number to grow somewhat as students finish paying bills for the semester, according to the news release.

“Traditionally, spring numbers are always lower as we have students who graduate midyear,” said Crady in a statement. “We expect our final tally to grow as students continue to finalize their paperwork and payment.”

In a recent presentation to the campus, President Seth Bodnar said he's laying out a four-year plan with enrollment targets. The news release from UM did not include those targets, and UM did not provide them to the Missoulian by press time. 

"UM officials said the enrollment numbers were anticipated," said the news release.

UM has experienced an enrollment slide of some 25 percent since 2010. Crady has said the large size of last year's graduating class is one reason the total enrollment at UM won't even out and turn around right away. 

According to UM, a bright spot in the enrollment picture is the Graduate School, which posted a 4.5 percent increase in headcount enrollment for spring semester when compared to a year ago — an addition of 100 students.

UM’s full-time equivalent for students this semester stands at 9,132, down 6 percent from a year ago, according to UM. An FTE represents 15 undergraduate or 12 graduate student credits.

UM’s two-year Missoula College was down 1.8 percent compared to a year ago. The college enrolls 1,580 students.

The full census data is online at umt.edu/institutional-research/

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Higher Education Reporter

Higher education / University of Montana reporter for the Missoulian.