Helena College by the Numbers
Helena College's headcount enrollment for fall 2017, a slight increase of 2% over last year. The college's headcount enrollment appears to be stabilizing after declining from a record high enrollment of 1,679 students in fall 2011 at the height of the recession. The average fall headcount for the past 5 years is 1,468. The key factors currently influencing enrollment are growth in high school dual-credit, and years where fall-to-fall retention and new student enrollment have been above average. 290 new students enrolled this fall, down 9% from last year.

The retention of all entering students from fall 2016. Generally, retention has been improving from a low point of 50% over the past five years; however, the recent gains in retention are with full-time students. Part-time student retention declined 5.6% this year as the gap between full-time and part-time students widened to a high of 16% (44% vs. 60%). Helena College's system retention, one of our performance-based funding indicators that includes students who subsequently enrolled anywhere else in the MUS this fall, rose 5% to 62% this fall.

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Helena College offered 68 sections of dual-credit courses this fall at nine high schools in the region. After a drop last year, dual-credit headcount rose to 373 students this fall. Another 98 students enrolled in courses on campus or the Access to Success program. Dual enrollment students (dual-credit, On Campus Experience, Access to Success) now account for a third of the college's headcount enrollment and for the first time are the majority of our part-time students (54%). Put another way, out of approximately every three students, one is enrolled in general education/transfer, one in a technical/trades program, and one in a high school dual enrollment program on or off campus.

Average age of a Helena College student (excluding dual enrollment). This average has been gradually falling from 29 in fall of 2012 and this semester 54% of students are in the 18-24 age group. Unsurprisingly and likely explained by increasing commitments outside of college, enrollment patterns correlate with age. The rate of full-time enrollment between traditional (24 or younger) and non-traditional (25 and older) students this fall differs 65% to 48%. This semester our older students also tend to have greater financial need. 54% of students over 25 this fall are receiving a Pell grant, a general indicator of low-income status, which is 10% higher than for those under 25.
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Helena College by the Numbers is brought to you by the Office of Institutional Research. The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight selected data points with some brief analysis to show how institutional data informs decision-making, measures progress on goals, and demonstrates student success. Comments, suggestions and/or questions are welcome and encouraged. If you have an interesting Helena College statistic to share, pass it along to michael.brown@HelenaCollege.edu.