Fall 2004 Enrollment Analysis Miramar College Summary
Headcount and FTES
A total of 8,080 students were enrolled at Miramar College in fall 2004. In comparison with fall 2003 (7,940 as of census), student enrollment increased by 140 students or 1.8%. However, the total FTES decreased slightly by 1.2% over the previous year (2,613.3 in fall 2004 vs. 2,644.5 in fall 2003 as of census).
Analysis of the total student population in fall 2004 showed that 66% were continuing students, 11% were first-time freshmen, 10% were first-time transfers, and 11% were returning students (left the district for more than one year and returned in fall 2004). Continuing students constituted the same percent (66%) of the total student population in fall 2004 as in fall 2003. Demographic distributions of other variables were similar to those of fall 2003 except that fall 2004 had slightly more male students than female students while fall 2003 had slightly more female students than male students.
New Student Enrollment by Service Area
New student enrollment by service area was analyzed and results showed that enrollment of first-time freshmen in fall 2004 remained unchanged for the college’s service area (1,683) compared to that of fall 2003 (1,685).
In terms of residency status, 97% of all students were California residents. Non-residents accounted for 3 % of the total student population. Enrollment of non-resident students remained unchanged for fall 2004.
Enrollment by Subject Area
Student enrollment change by subject area was also examined. Only subject areas with 100 or more students in fall 2004 were included in this analysis. The top five subject areas with the largest enrollment increases from fall 2003 to fall 2004 were: (1) Physics, 48%; (2) Chemistry, 43%; (3) Administration of Justice, 41%; (4) Fire Protection Technology, 32%; and (5) Psychology, 26%. The top five subject areas with the largest enrollment decreases were: (1) Computer Business Technology, -39%; (2) Emergency Medical Technician, -34%; (3) Philosophy, -31%; (4) Computer & Information Science, -20%; and (5) Political Science, -20%.
Persistence of First-Time Freshmen
Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at the college in fall 2003 (N=922) as of census, 44% persisted to fall 2004. This rate for fall 2004 decreased from fall 2003 (48%). The persistence rate was also broken down by educational objective, gender, and ethnicity. Results showed that students who intended to transfer without an AA persisted at a higher rate (51%) than other groups. Female freshmen had a much higher persistence rate (57%) than males (36%). Filipino and Asian freshmen persisted at a much higher rate (69% and 66% respectively) than other ethnic groups.
In summary, analysis of enrollment at Miramar College indicated an enrollment increase (1.8%) but a slight FTES decrease (1.2%) in fall 2004 as compared to fall 2003. The fall-to-fall persistence decreased from 48% in fall 2003 to 44% in fall 2004. Female freshmen had a much higher persistence rate than males. Filipino and Asian freshmen also persisted at a higher rate than other groups.