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Enrollments up at area schools

August 26, 2002|by EDWARD MARSHALL

edwardm@herald-mail.com

The majority of colleges and universities in the Tri-State area are reporting an increase in the number of students who have enrolled for the 2002-03 academic year.

The number of new students includes freshmen, transfers, graduate students and adult undergraduates.

Hagerstown Community College will welcome approximately 927 new students when classes begin today.

"It's a huge increase. Enrollment is up by 12 to 13 percent since last year," HCC Enrollment Assistant Karen Kretzer said.

Total enrollment is currently at 2,630 students, but Kretzer said she believes it will jump to between 2,700 and 2,800 by the end of the registration period.

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Shippensburg (Pa.) University will open its doors to about 1,850 new students this year, bringing the total enrollment up to 7,500. Enrollment was less this year because of the college's controlled growth program.

"The number of students is right in line with our growth program," said Shippensburg Dean of Admissions Joseph G. Cretella. "While there was not an increase in new students, our retention rate has skyrocketed to over 80 percent."

Hood College in Frederick, Md., has enrolled approximately 457 new students.

"There was quite an increase in enrollment," said Dean of Admissions Susan Hallenbeck.

The number of new students increased by 60 percent compared to last year. Classes will begin today for the approximately 1,600 students enrolled at the college.

Frostburg State University will welcome approximately 1,400 new students, the largest number the university has seen in years, said James Antonio, FSU's vice president of enrollment management.

"We had a record number of applicants this year. It's the second largest freshman class we've ever had," Antonio said.

A little more than 1,100 of the new students are freshmen. Students living on campus this fall will exceed the maximum occupancy of on-campus housing, but only by a small number, Antonio said.

To prevent overcrowding, FSU has begun construction on a new $18 million apartment complex that will be able to house approximately 400 students. The target date for completion is the beginning of the 2003 fall semester.

Approximately 5,100 students attend the university, which includes the main campus and the two FSU centers in Hagerstown and Frederick.

Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., will welcome 195 new students, 15 more than last year. Enrollment at the college is continuing, but as of Friday there were 725 students enrolled.

The official enrollment figures for Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., have not been calculated.

Marie Carter, Shepherd College's vice president of enrollment management, said the numbers would not be available until Oct. 1, the statewide deadline for submitting the official count.

"I don't want to speculate on the exact number, but we expect enrollment to be up slightly from last year's number," Carter said.

The total enrollment during the 2001 academic year was 4,391 students.

It's the third year in a row that students living on campus outnumber the maximum occupancy of on-campus housing. The college has plans to build an apartment complex on the west campus, to be completed by 2004.

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