May 25, 2024

Graduate Enrollment on the Rise

UMW just enrolled its largest spring graduate class since 2011 and the fourth largest spring class of graduate students in more than a decade.

In late November, after unanimous approval from the Board of Visitors, graduate admissions began promoting the MBA GRE/GMAT waiver for working professionals with 5+ years of professional work experience.  Localized marketing/recruiting efforts, press releases and word of mouth created a spike in MBA interest in new MBA applicants.  MBA prospective students for spring semester increased year over year by 55 percent.

There has also been an early uptick in MBA applicants for fall term.  New MBA enrollments were up 29 percent for the first eight weeks of spring, and we have additional applications secured for another wave of MBA enrollments for the second eight weeks.

The Virginia Educator Scholarship assisted in a successful spring launch of the Literacy Specialist cohort. Graduate education applications for spring term increased by 38 percent year over year, and new graduate education enrollments for spring term increased by 71 percent compared to spring 2015.

Finally, the MSGA program has experienced an increase in applications year-over-year.  Compared to spring 2015, MSGA applicants are up 70 percent, and new enrollments into MSGA core and prerequisite courses are up 100 percent compared to the prior year.

Come learn more about graduate recruitment initiatives scheduled for fall 2017. Christy Pack, director of graduate admissions, will host a brown-bag lunch on the Stafford campus, Thursday, Feb. 18, at noon.