Online Winterterm Exceeds Expectations and Applications on the Rise for 2009
The SUNY Canton Winterterm session saw more than 500 students start courses on Monday, making it the College’s largest online Winterterm session to date.
Winterterm enrollment increased more than 40 percent from last year and has nearly tripled since 160 students were enrolled in the first Winterterm session in 2005-2006.
Applications with the admissions office for next year are similarly on the rise. Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent reports applications are up more than 60 percent for the Fall 2009.
“We’re excited to follow up our record setting enrollment this Fall with such a huge jump in applications for next year,” Kent said. “Prospective students and community members are continuing to recognize the excellent academic programs we offer, the affordable cost of tuition, and the flexibility of our class scheduling and online courses.”
Winterterm offers several economic, academic and time-saving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.
“Winterterm is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead. It’s also an effective way to utilize time between semesters and on the weekends during the holiday break,” said Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “It’s also interesting to note that 64 percent of Winterterm students are coming to us from other colleges. It’s nice that we are able to accommodate them with our expanded offerings.”
SUNY Canton hit an all-time enrollment high this Fall with more than 3,000 students. Last year at this time, according to Kent, the admissions office had received just below 1,000 applications. That number has increased more than 60 percent with over 1,600 applications already received this year.
“We’re the fastest growing college in the North Country,” Kent pointed out. “We continue to offer majors reflecting in-demand careers and students are responding to that. There are a number of our programs that are recession-proof, meaning that regardless of the economy, graduates will continue to be sought after to fill those jobs.”
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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