SUNY Canton’s Enrollment Second Highest in College History

SUNY Canton’s Fall 2007 enrollment is the highest in 32 years and the second highest in school history, topped only by its 1975-76 headcount highpoint.

To date, 2,776 students have enrolled which is an increase of 158 students from last year’s total of 2,618, which was the fourth highest enrollment figure in the college’s history.

“The growth in our enrollment not only reflects well on the college, but it’s also a tremendous boost to our local economy and businesses,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “By offering more bachelor’s degrees, we’re seeing a large increase in the number of transfer, continuing and returning students. Students are transferring here from other two- and four-year schools, and current students are staying here to earn their bachelor’s degrees.”

SUNY Canton now offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs, five of which can be completed totally online.

“Our bachelor’s degree students are often older and more financially independent than traditional two-year students,” Kennedy added. “These students make a significant impact on the area’s economy.”

SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. The only other time the college had surpassed 2,700 students was in the Fall of 1981-82 academic year with 2,704 students. This year’s enrollment growth includes 1,254 first-time SUNY Canton students, including 404 transfer students.

SUNY Canton OnLine, also known as SUNY Canton OL, continues to experience dramatic growth as well. The college is offering 84 online courses this semester, which is a 40 percent increase from a year ago. There are a total of 1,880 online course enrollments, which reflects a 29 percent increase from last Fall.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said.

SUNY Canton OL has 210 online only students this semester, a 52 percent increase from last Fall’s total of 138.

According to Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent, “It’s been exciting to see almost 1,300 new students enroll at SUNY Canton, including students from Bosnia, Ukraine, and Russia. It is also exciting to know that our Fall enrollment numbers will continue to grow as we accept applications for our Late Start Program, which offers classes that begin in mid-September and mid-October.”


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