CLEVELAND, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) officials have announced that enrollment for the summer semester—which begins today, June 1st—has exceeded the previous record for summer semester set in 2009.
While the final count will not be available for some time, Tri-C vice president of enrollment management Pete Ross says the previous record for summer semester—set in 2009—will be surpassed. "There are currently 16,235 students enrolled for summer semester, and that number will probably rise a bit by the time registration for this semester ends. That means we're looking at approximately a 19% increase over last year's record summer semester enrollment," he says. Ross adds that part of the increase is being driven by a 28% increase in the number of students taking courses online.
Last fall's enrollment of 31,024 eclipsed the College's previous all-time record for any semester that was set back in 1976. Ross points out there are a number of reasons for Tri-C's continued enrollment surge, including efforts by the College to increase the retention of students from one semester to the next, as well as continuing economic issues that have brought many displaced workers to Tri-C to train for new careers.
Job losses and pay cuts have increased the number of traditional-age college students at the College as well. "Some new high school grads are being told by mom and dad that a university's tuition is no longer an option, and they need to attend Tri-C for their first two years to reduce the cost of their college education," Ross noted. Cuyahoga Community College's tuition is lowest in the region and second lowest in the state.
Ross says it is too early to make a detailed prediction about enrollment at Tri-C this fall, but early indications are that it may approach all-time record-setting territory yet again. He strongly encourages students to register for fall classes as soon as possible to have the best chance of getting into the courses they want. "The numbers of admission applications received, financial aid applicants, and students who've registered early for fall are all above where they were at this time last year, so Tri-C campuses will certainly be crowded again in August," Ross said.
SOURCE Cuyahoga Community College