HJC enrollment increases

September 30, 1997


Staff Writer

Enrollment at Hagerstown Junior College is up by about 4 percent this year, and school officials attribute the increase to the college's competitive tuition, increased marketing efforts and easy registration process.

Enrollment this semester is 3,022, compared to the 2,917 students who attended in 1996, said Jackie Strzelczyk, director of enrollment services.

The college had increases in almost every category. The number of female students increased by 5 percent this year, out-of-state students jumped 23 percent and ethnic groups also increased, Strzelczyk said.


The only category that showed a decrease was Washington County students, which dropped by about 1 percent, said Strzelczyk.

Even though the numbers were up, 1991 remains the best year at HJC, when 3,361 students attended, Strzelczyk said.

Despite steady increases in tuition at Hagerstown Junior College, students said the school remains a good deal.

Adam Ross said he is saving $7,000 by getting his associate degree in communications at HJC instead of going to a college in his home state of Virginia.

"It's convenient, it's close, and they have really great teachers," said Wendy Schoppert, a freshman nursing student at the college.

Strzelczyk believes much of the growth came from Franklin County, Pa. For the first time this year, the college advertised its program in Franklin County newspapers, she said.

Pennsylvania students living in Chambersburg or Waynesboro are closer to HJC than they are to other Pennsylvania schools and are paying less tuition, Strzelczyk said.

Washington County students pay $70 per credit hour, other Maryland residents pay $96 per credit hour and out-of-state students pay $123.

Strzelczyk said the increased number of students also may be attributed to the school's decision this year to allow students to register for classes by phone or fax, which made the process easier.

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