Does your freshmen class, which has grown from under 500 to more than 1,000 in the past six years include “nontraditional” students of some kind (weekend or night division, over-21 population, online)?
Merrimack’s reported undergraduate student body total, including our reported freshman student population, does not include nontraditional students; they are counted as “continuing education” students, and as such, do factor into our overall student population.
Does this enrollment growth stem from the introduction of new programs, and if so, what are they and how many students do they enroll?
We attribute our striking enrollment growth to a broad array of factors, including expansion of academic programs; expansion of the ranks of full-time faculty with concomitant effect on faculty-student ratio; expansion of athletic opportunities (intercollegiate, club and intramural) and other extracurricular activities; and major changes to our financial aid and admission processes to focus intently on “fit” as the major criterion of admission and to no longer require SAT/ACT scores.
Academically, we have prioritized investments in professional fields, such as engineering, health sciences and business, simultaneously enhancing our O’Brien Center for Career Development, to strengthen our value proposition to potential students. Further, we have acted aggressively on both faculty hiring and early-retirement incentives such that our faculty profile has transformed significantly over the last several years. Our students would tell you that they chose Merrimack for its strong sense of community, breadth of opportunities and knowing that they are being supported by people who care about their success.
If the answer to the above questions are no, can you explain this exceptional growth in the current environment, where nearly every small private northeastern college has either had flat or decreasing enrollment?
See answer above.
When you cite a net tuition revenue of more than $22,000 per student, does that either include revenue for room and board; or, do you count some of your institutional aid toward room and board in order to maximize your stated net tuition revenue?
“Net tuition revenue” refers to tuition revenue only; room and board are accounted for separately.