Currently, more than 80% of students receive a Pell Grant, an award that does not have to be repaid. 50% of recent graduates who responded to our Graduating Student Survey (61% response rate) in the fall (2013) and spring (2014) semesters reported that they were the first in their immediate family to earn a degree.
Over the last year (Summer 13, Fall 13 and Spring 14) UMA accepted 2,735 students with 66% or 1,813 enrolling at UMA. So what happened to the other 922 students that UMA accepted?
The Office of Institutional Research and Planning queried the National Student Clearinghouse database to track the enrollment, if any, of these 922 students that did not attend UMA after acceptance as of May 28, 2014.
Our analysis identified that -
- 30% (276 students) were enrolled at another institution
- 70% (646 students) were not enrolled in post-secondary education (i.e., at another institution)
- 34% chose another University of Maine System campus with the University of Maine as the unequivocal top choice
- 30% chose a Maine Community College with Kennebec Valley and Eastern Maine Community Colleges as the top choices
- 12% chose an In-State Private institution with Thomas College as the top choice (institution group included Kaplan University and Southern New Hampshire University)
- 24% chose an Out-of-State or Online institution with no clear top choice (institution group included 2-Year and 4-Year Public, Private and For-Profits)
The majority of students were degree-seeking in a variety of academic majors.
Additionally, we are in the early stages of developing procedures to contact the 70% or 646 students that UMA accepted but have not yet enrolled at UMA or another institution to better understand the reasons for non-enrollment and how UMA could facilitate enrollment.