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SUNY Canton’s First-Year Enrollment Up 20 Percent

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

For the second consecutive year, SUNY Canton has reached an all-time enrollment high. More than 3,300 students are enrolled for the Fall 2009 Semester, topping last year’s previous record of 3,056 students.

First-year, full-time students recorded the largest percentage increase among student categories with a new freshmen class of 972 students. That’s a 20 percent increase from last year’s large incoming class of 810 and a 32 percent increase for the full-time, first-year class of two years ago.

“We are strategically growing our way through the statewide SUNY budget crisis,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve had a remarkable response to our in-demand, career-oriented degrees, particularly our newest bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Graphic and Multimedia Design. Students are recognizing the great value of a SUNY Canton education.”

Enrollment Increases

While enrollments are generally up throughout the SUNY system, SUNY Canton’s freshmen increase is likely among the largest. Overall College enrollment as of Wednesday morning was 3,343 students. Prior to last year, the College’s record enrollment was during the 1975-76 academic year when 2,833 students were enrolled.

“We’ve had back-to-back extraordinary recruiting years accompanied by a steady growth of continuing and returning students,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “That has also allowed us to increase our selectivity, particularly in our most competitive programs. We denied nearly twice as many applicants this year than last year.”

International and online programs have also seen dramatic growth over the past several years. More than 300 Bosnian students will be taking courses online from the American University of Bosnia-Herzegovina. They are among the total of more than 1,600 new students this year, which includes 211 full-time transfer students.

“As one of the largest businesses in this area, SUNY Canton recognizes its obligation to help the local economy battle through tough economic times,” said Kennedy. “We strive to be a leader in that area. We have the ability to do that by creating desirable, modern, innovative academic programs that attract more students. Those students come to the North Country and make an immediate, significant impact on the area’s businesses.”

The College has experienced dramatic growth over the last several years. Enrollment is up nearly 10 percent from last year, 28 percent from two years ago, and more than 60 percent from the 1998-99 academic year, when there were a total of 2,078 students.

“Our four-day academic week and our online classes are very popular,” added Kent. “They are among the many factors that explain why more and more students are choosing SUNY Canton. This year, we have also welcomed more than 50 former General Motors and Alcoa employees from Massena who are looking to transform or ignite their careers.”

Applications from prospective students increased 22 percent in the last year, 37 percent from two years ago, and were 77 percent higher than the Fall 2000 semester.

Northland Associates of Syracuse, a company that employs and subcontracts numerous local workers, is currently constructing SUNY Canton’s new $41 million athletic facility. The College also plans to begin building a new residence hall within the next year or two. SUNY Canton is expecting to add as many as five new bachelor’s degrees within the next year, including Sports Management, Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Renovations were recently completed on the College’s nursing laboratories, and renovation work is nearly complete in Nevaldine Technology Center, home of the College’s Engineering Technology programs.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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SUNY Canton’s Enrollment Second Highest in College History

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

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.”