FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 17, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Enrollment up 6.6 percent at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women reported
enrollment at 2,344 as the first day of classes began today,
a 6.6 percent increase above registration at the same time
“We expect this number to grow a bit more as registration
continues through the end of next week,” said Dr. Bucky
Wesley, vice president for student services.
On the first day of classes last year, enrollment was 2,199.
The final unduplicated head count for fall 2005 was 2,285.
MUW President Claudia A. Limbert attributed the increase to
MUW’s highly personalized learning environment made possible
through the dedication of its faculty.
“This increase is reflective of student interest in a
quality education provided in a setting that meets the
individual needs of those students. We care about students’
education as much as they do.”
Wesley said MUW has experienced consistent enrollment growth
over the past few years, and there is a lot of excitement on
campus with the opening of a new year.
The new freshman class has grown about 8 percent and
freshman residence halls are at capacity. “Some of the rooms
have been tripled to accommodate the entering freshman
class,” he said. “We expect to get those students in double
rooms by the first week of class.”
All freshmen are living together in the Freshman Living
Community this year, and the Hearin Learning Community is in
its first year. This is added to the popular Honors Learning
Community, which is in its third year.
“These living/learning communities are intended to bring
students with common interests together to live and study
and to support their transition into the greater university
community,” Wesley said.
This news comes on the heels of recent appointments of a
vice president for institutional advancement and alumni
Dr. Gary Bouse, previously employed at Indiana State
University as vice president for university advancement, and
alumna Jan Miller ’79, currently employed as Main Street
Columbus manager, will join the institutional advancement
team on Monday, Aug. 28.
MUW is also looking for a provost/vice president for
academic affairs, a search that has been narrowed to
approximately 30 applicants from around the country.