Total undergraduate enrollment includes full-time, part-time, first year, returning and transfer students. Retention of first year students was up significantly.
“We’ve made a big effort to keep the students that come here,” Eaton said. “If you choose Cumberland for your education, we look after you. We have small classes, and our teachers want you to succeed. They won’t let you get lost in the shuffle.”
The growth this year is surprising not only because the economy is weak, but because Cumberland has been steadily raising admission standards the past three years.
“The students who enrolled this fall for the first time are better prepared to succeed than ever before. If we admit them to Cumberland, we have confidence that they will find a home here,” said Beatrice LaChance, director of Enrollment Services.