U of M Lambuth sees uptick in enrollment
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Some local college officials wondered how not being a part of Tennessee Promise might affect enrollment. At the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, members of the school overseeing its newest class say the scholarship program designed for community colleges didn’t hurt their enrollment. In fact, they noticed a jump of 10 percent in their freshman class compared to 2014. Officials say the small feel of their campus is to thank for the uptick. “They want that historical campus feel on a very small campus where the classrooms are much smaller,” said Dr. Niles Reddick, vice provost. As of Aug. 21, the school had more than 900 students. This year, they’ve added programs in pre-law, pre-engineering and a degree in manufacturing management. Other area universities reported either little difference in enrollment figures from last fall or didn’t yet have updated numbers. Bethel University officials say it looks like enrollment will fall in line closely with what it was this time last year, but they won’t know specific numbers for sure until next week. UT Martin says as of Friday they had around 6,500 students enrolled, which is down slightly from last fall. But the university says they’re still waiting on more numbers and hope for a similar enrollment this semester. Officials at Union University say they won’t have enrollment figures for another week or two.