“The availability of online learning brings the appeal of Consciousness-Based education to a much wider audience, and the year-over-year growth is an indication that our programs are really resonating among prospective students,” said Rod Eason, vice president of enrollment management and student life.
The new online enrollment includes 49 undergraduate students in the BA in Ayurveda Wellness, a program that began in January. In addition, 8 students enrolled in the new BA in Applied Arts and Sciences. Together, these 57 new undergraduate students compare to 50 new undergraduate students on campus.
“It’s heartening to see that our new online students are every bit as enthusiastic about Consciousness-Based education as our on-campus students,” said Chris Jones, dean of assessment and undergraduate studies. “They have also bonded as an online community in a sweet and profound way. Online is definitely a growth area for the university at this time.”
Interest in online study of Maharishi AyurVedaSM and Integrative Medicine is even more robust at the graduate level, with 67 new students enrolling in this master of science degree, with a total enrollment of 163 students.
“This master’s program has come along at just the right time, when the need for holistic, prevention-based health care has never been greater,” Dr. Eason said. “It aligns perfectly with MUM’s mission to improve the quality of life everywhere.”
Overall, not counting students in the MS in Computer Science, the total enrollment this fall is 760, with 353 online students and 407 on-campus students. Total enrollment at the university as of early September was 1,750, including 739 students in the MS in Computer Science and 151 students at Maharishi Invincibility Institute in South Africa.