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OCTOBER 17, 2009 • ISSUE 53

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New undergraduate students start the year with base camp

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Students share base camp with MUM Executive Vice President Dr. Craig Pearson

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MUM Secretary Susan Tracy accompanied students on a cave exploration in base camp

New Undergraduate Enrollment Highest in 20 years

Maharishi University of Management officially began its 2009–2010 academic year with the Convocation ceremony on August 31. Nearly 200 new students arrived on campus in August — 117 new undergraduate students and 80 graduate students. Another 38 students arrived in October to enroll in the Computer Professionals Program.

Our total enrollment is 1,231, comprising 276 undergraduate and 955 graduate students. Of these, 516 are on campus and the rest are enrolled in distance education or in our partner institution in China.

Students hail from 75 different countries, a new record, including two countries not previously represented — Brunei and Liberia.

The median age of new undergraduate students is 21, with a significant increase in the percentage of new students in the 17–19 age range, indicating that more young people are becoming interested in consciousness, meditation, and other progressive values at an earlier age, said Ron Barnett, dean of Admissions.

Our Education Department introduced a new fast-track teacher certification master's program.

The Sustainable Living Program continues to be a major growth area, with 60 returning students and 30 new students in the program. This year the department is bringing in nationally known experts to help teach and expects to double its enrollment within the next few years.

Our new undergraduate program in Communications and Media is another major growth area. The program began two years ago with 12 students and this year will have 65–70 students. We have created a second media lab and are adding more faculty and courses.

We have also reduced the number of units required for graduation to 128, which is in the same range as colleges and universities nationwide. With our longer school year, this will enable many students to earn their bachelor's degree in three years.

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