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Enrollment is up, especially among students of color

Asian and Pacific Islander enrollment increases by 14.2 percent


Posted: September 17, 2008



Denver- For the eighth consecutive year, Metropolitan State College of Denver’s fall enrollment is up, and the bulk of the increase is in students of color according to the Office of Institutional Research.

As of the Sept. 3 fall enrollment census date, total student headcount had increased by 1.2 percent from last fall, from 21,453 students to 21,715. While total student headcount increased by 262 students from last year, 252 of them were students of color. “It’s too early to say exactly what the actual cause of this change is,” according to Myron Anderson, interim associate to the president for diversity. “One thing it does suggest is that the campus community as a whole is inclusive and welcoming to all populations.”

The largest jump was in the category of Asian or Pacific Islander, which went from 844 students to 964, or an increase of 14.2 percent. Less than two years ago, a unique effort to reach this audience was established in a new program called Metro State Asian Student Discovery Day.

Co-directed by Ray Moroye, assistant professor and director hospitality entrepreneurship and Paul Cesare, assistant director of admissions, the program went from about two dozen high school students in its inaugural year to 125 students in 2008. The second-annual event was held on April 11, 2008 and included students from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Students were taken on an extensive tour around Metro State on the Auraria Campus, learned about financial aid and student housing, and even attended a mock class where they experienced what a college course is like. Moroye, a board member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and CollegeInvest, created the program to reach Denver’s fast-growing Asian community. Other student populations also increased at the College. American Indian or Alaska Native increased 9.3 percent, Black or African American-Non-Hispanic students increased 4.7 percent and Latino students 1.8 percent. The number of Caucasian or White-Non-Hispanic students remained basically the same, though their percentage decreased, from 67.3 percent to 66.5 percent. Students of color now represent 24.7 percent of the College’s total enrollment, up from 23.8 percent last fall.

Other interesting facts The top 10 majors for the current 21,715 students are: (1) management; (2) biology ; (3) criminal justice and criminology; (4) psychology; (5) art; (6) accounting; (7)marketing; (8) English; (9) human performance and sport; and (10) history. For the complete reports go to www.mscd.edu/facstaff/oir.

To learn more about Metro State Asian Discovery Day, contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or angeliam@mscd.edu.

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Metro State is a fully accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 62,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.