Enrollment at the University of Massachusetts system has surged 30 percent since 2004 to a record 73,614 students, according to projections announced by university leaders Wednesday.
President Robert L. Caret attributed the growth to the affordability of UMass compared with other colleges, and improvements in the system’s quality.
“Part of it is the return on investment and the fiscal realities of today,” Caret said by phone. “How much do you spend and how much do you get back on what you spend. UMass is a heck of a buy.
“And it’s the understanding that we are high quality; we’re not just affordable,” he added.
The UMass Lowell campus has seen the largest proportional growth in enrollment since 2004, rising by about 60 percent, to 17,664 students. UMass Boston grew by about 44 percent over that span, to 16,816 students; UMass Worcester expanded by 33 percent, to 1,161 students; UMass Amherst’s enrollment rose 17 percent, to 28,885 students; and UMass Dartmouth increased its student population to 9,088, a 9.5 percent jump.
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