Enrollment rates “lookin’ good”

SPSCC summer and fall enrollment rates are “lookin’ good,” said college Director of Admissions and Enrollment Lyn Sharp in a mass email to all staff and faculty. She said the advising lab “saw a minimum of 200 students” on the first day of open registration.

Director of Institutional Research Jennifer Tulia said registered fall students numbered about 2,800 by the end of May 23, three days after registration opened to new students. She said fall 2011 saw about 6,300 students after registration closed, “so we are well on our way.”

However, the school has yet to see how the new-student-to-returning-student ratio will compare to last year. “Truly new students” last year made up 18 percent, Tulia said.

This year’s new students (that is, students who have not attended this college in the last two quarters) so far make up about ten percent of registered fall students.

That number will likely change if the current number of total registered fall students doubles to match last year’s enrollment rate now that new students may register. That means the college may see an unusually high ratio of new students to returning students, depending on how many new and returning students have yet to register, and depending on whether the total headcount approaches last year’s.

Tulia said usually the computer information systems, math, college English, and psychology departments get the highest number of students, and that looks like the case again this year.