Summer enrollment down at HJC

July 08, 1997


Staff Writer

Hagerstown Junior College drew 4 percent fewer students this summer than last summer, according to an enrollment report.

But those students more than made up the difference by taking more classes, said Jackie Strzelczyk, HJC's director of enrollment services.

A total of 991 students - 40 less than last year - enrolled in classes this summer, according to the report.

There was an 8 percent rise in the college's full-time equivalent count, based on the number of classes students are taking.


Of the three summer sessions offered this year, only the third session, which started June 24, showed an increase in overall enrollment over last year, according to the report.

But there was a jump in out-of-state enrollment all three sessions, possibly attributable to a first-time effort to attract out-of-state students through radio and television ads, Strzelczyk said.

There were 40 more out-of-state students than last summer, according to the report.

In-state enrollment dropped by 31 students - or 10 percent - in the first session, which ran from May 19 to June 23, the report stated.

It was down 49 students - or 22 percent - in the second session, which started June 11 and runs through July 29.

It stayed flat at 240 students in the third session, which runs through July 28, the report said.

While in-state enrollment fell 9 percent from last year, the number of full-time equivalents - on which state funding is based - was up 2 percent, which is good news for the school, Strzelczyk said.

The increase in out-of-state students won't translate to additional state funding, based on the amount of in-state students and the number of credit hours they're taking, she said.

It did, however, bring in additional tuition revenue, Strzelczyk said.

Based on the state-imposed formula, out-of-state students are charged nearly double what in-county students pay.

College officials will get a more detailed report breaking down enrollment by demographics later in the summer, Strzelczyk said.

Strzelczyk said she and fellow staffers will analyze that information, track the number of credit hours students have been taking the past five years and look at what courses were most popular this summer to try to come up with a plan for next summer.

The goal is to increase both enrollment and the number of courses students are taking, she said.

So far, fall enrollment is 59 percent over last year, Strzelczyk said.

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