Despite national trends of decreasing enrollment in higher education, enrollment at the University of Guam continues to rise. UOG Admissions has reported a nearly 4-percent increase in enrollment over the prior year, with a certified enrollment of 3,836 students for fall 2013.
“The quality of our programs and multiple outreach efforts at various levels continue to attract students to campus,” said UOG president Robert Underwood, Ph.D. “Each has made the natural choice by deciding to stay right here at home to attend UOG.”
With over 300 full-time graduate students and nearly 3,500 full-time undergraduate students—571 of which are new freshmen—UOG enrollment continues its upward trajectory.
“This increase in enrollment demonstrates the confidence our community has in the University of Guam,” said Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, acting senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “Students are pursuing their degrees at UOG because they know they will receive a quality education at home that will position them to succeed in their chosen careers.”
GovGuam leaders have continued to place importance in higher education. Public Law 31-276 allows the university to keep tuition rates the same until 2014, which will be five years since UOG raised its tuition, a rare trend in higher education. Public Law 31-237 gives UOG flexibility in the administration of locally funded financial aid and also created the Access to Higher Education Financial Assistance Program, which is available only to UOG students and grants qualified students up to $3,000 per year.
Last year, the university achieved notable milestones in enrollment and revenues. In addition to the third highest enrollment numbers in the last 15 years, the university conferred nearly 500 degrees, making 2012-2013 one of the largest graduating classes in UOG history. In 2012, university revenues reached an all-time high $104 million, driven by $50 million in grants and contracts that provide education, research, service, and capacity building in areas such as disabilities, agriculture, water quality, cancer, and many more.
“These record levels of student enrollment and revenue demonstrate the significance of the University to the island and region,” said Underwood.
The University of Guam began as the Territorial College of Guam in 1952 and became the University of Guam in 1968, and in 1972, UOG received land-grant status. UOG is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers 34 undergraduate degree programs and 15 graduate degree programs including online graduate degrees such as a Master of Education in Reading and a Professional Master of Business Administration.
In addition to WASC accreditation, several of the University of Guam’s academic programs have obtained program specific accreditation from nationally recognized professional accrediting organizations including: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., Council on Social Work Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. (UOG)