Surging UMass enrollment climbs past 74,000

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Enrollment at the five University of Massachusetts campuses shot up 27 percent over the past decade and surpassed the 74,000 mark for the first time this year, university officials reported on Wednesday.

Over the past decade, student enrollment at UMass has risen almost 27 percent – from 58,939 in the fall of 2006 to the current 74,678 – making the system “one of the fastest-growing universities, public or private, in the nation,” according to UMass.

“UMass continues to grow as more and more students and their families recognize the value that our university provides,” UMass President Martin Meehan said in a statement released following a board of trustees meeting in Lowell.

In the most U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, the four UMass undergraduate campuses made the magazine’s top category, the first time that all four earned that designation. The Amherst campus was ranked the 27th best public university in the nation, UMass Lowell rose to number 78 and UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth were tied at 220th among all national universities. About one in 10 degree-granting four-year colleges and universities in the country made the National Universities listing this year, according to UMass.

Undergraduate enrollment rose 1.2 percent over 2015 to 56,927 students and graduate enrollment increased 1.5 percent to 17,751 students. Enrollment at UMass Medical School, which only serves graduate students, increased 2.3 percent to a projected 1,104 students. UMass Medical this year for the first time opened a limited number of seats to out-of-state students and applications shot up from 1,882 in 2015 to 4,126 this year.

— Written by Michael Norton

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