More than 5,000 students took courses at SUNY Canton in 2009 and applications for next year are up nearly 30 percent.
A record 5,173 students enrolled in courses throughout the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winterterm semesters, setting enrollment records for each semester along the way. The aggregate total was compiled by counting unduplicated college enrollments for the entire year.
The College’s Summerterm grew nearly 40 percent in 2009 and enrolled almost 1,000 students. Winterterm grew 60 percent with 800 students. The College’s all-time record enrollment was toppled this past Fall Semester with more than 3,300 students.
“There were years when I first started here that we struggled to enroll 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, who joined the College almost 17 years ago. “Surpassing 5,000 students last year means a great deal to me personally. It’s a considerable accomplishment that demonstrates the year-round extraordinary work of our faculty and staff to reshape our College and its mission. We have definitively grown into a 12-month a year institution.”
Kennedy cites the growing number of bachelor’s degree programs, online courses, international students, and the expanding year-round programs as some of the most prevalent reasons for the recent growth.
Applications for the Fall 2010 Semester are also up dramatically. Overall applications are up 28 percent from last year and up more than 100 percent from four years ago. The College has already received more than 3,200 applications, which is more than double the amount received in February of 2005 and 2006.
“Traditional and non-traditional students are recognizing that we are a College that does more than just educate,” said Kennedy. “We are a college that prepares students for careers.”
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