Fall 2003 Enrollment Analysis Miramar College Summary

Headcount and FTES

A total of 7,940 students were enrolled at Miramar College in fall 2003. In comparison with fall 2002 (8,890 as of census), student enrollment decreased by 950 students or 11%.   Total FTES increased by 5% over the previous year (2,761.63 in fall 2003 vs. 2,621.57 in fall 2002).



Analysis of the total student population in fall 2003 showed that 66% were continuing students, 11% were first-time freshmen, 10% were first-time transfers, 11% were returning students (left the district for more than one year and returned in fall 2003), and 2% were current high school students. Continuing students constituted a slightly higher percent (66%) of the total student population in fall 2003 than fall 2002 (63%). Demographic distributions of other variables were similar to fall 2002, exceptions included lower proportions of male students, and a higher proportion of students who indicated transfer with an AA as their educational objective.


New Student Enrollment by Service Area

New student enrollment by service area was analyzed and results showed that enrollment of first-time freshmen remained the same for the college’s service area; however, there was an enrollment decrease from City College service area as well as non-district service areas. Additionally, enrollment of first-time transfers decreased from non-district service areas and areas serving City, Mesa and Miramar.



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 between these two fall semesters.


Enrollment by Subject Area

Student enrollment change by subject area was also examined. Only subject areas with 100 or more students in fall 2003 were included in this analysis. The top five subject areas with the largest enrollment increases from fall 2002 to fall 2003 were: (1) Music, 29%; (2) Humanities, 28%; (3) Chemistry, 27%; (4) Personal Growth, 21%; and (5) Anthropology; 13%. The top five subject areas with the largest enrollment decreases were: (1) Administration of Justice, -47%; (2) Emergency Medical Technician, -30%; (3) Computer/Information Science, -26%; (4) Fire Protection Technology, -21%; and (5) Physical Education, -14%.


Persistence of First-Time Freshmen

Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at the college in fall 2002 as of census (N=961), 48% persisted to fall 2003. This rate did not change from fall 2001 to fall 2002. The one-year persistence rate was also broken down by educational objective, gender, and ethnicity. Results showed that students who intended to transfer with an AA persisted at a higher rate 54% than other groups. In addition, female freshmen had a much higher persistence rate (56%) than males (43%). Filipino freshmen persisted at a higher rate (65%) than other ethnic groups.



In summary, analysis of census enrollment at Miramar College indicated an 11% enrollment decrease and a 5% FTES increase in fall 2003 as compared to fall 2002. The fall-to-fall persistence rates of the first-time freshmen were compared with data from the previous year. Results showed there was no change from the previous year. Female freshmen had a higher persistence rate than males. Filipino and Asian freshmen also persisted at a higher rate than other groups.