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Mar 27, 2013 7:48 PM by KXLF

Student enrollment increasing at University of Montana Western

Representatives at the University of Montana Western say their unique approach to learning is encouraging more students to enroll.

In the last five years there has been a 32 percent increase in the freshman class, according to Catherine Redhead, director of enrollment services for UMW.

Several students have said they enjoy the block scheduling UMW offers. Students still take a 16 credit semester. Instead of taking classes simultaneously, they focus on one class for three weeks, according to Redhead. Then they take their final.

Students also enjoy small classroom size. Representatives say they have seen an increase in transfer students as well.

UMW is the only public University in the U.S. that provides this education approach.

"We have enjoyed the success of growing enrollment and intend to be responsible about that growth," Redhead said. "We want to make sure that our class sizes remain small and intimate."

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