Jan. 27, 2012
The 15-Day Preliminary Enrollment Report for Spring 2012 has been released showing a slight increase in enrollment over Spring 2011 at Shawnee State University with a total of 4,193 students.
Total enrollment for the Fall 2011 semester at SSU was 4,687. Spring enrollment is traditionally lower than fall and has consistently increased from year to year.
"We continue to grow," Dave Todt, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said "We're very pleased with the increase in the number of first-time freshmen and the increase in the number of full-time students at Shawnee State. We're not only attracting more students, these students are also taking more hours."
Undergraduate students have increased by nearly 1 percent over Spring 2011 making a total increase of undergraduate and graduate students 0.7 percent. The new student headcount of first-time freshmen is up 14.2 percent.
The report showed that the majority of students, 60 percent, are from the southern Ohio region. More than 10 percent come from central Ohio and nearly 7 percent from southwestern Ohio. The number of students from areas of Kentucky who have reciprocity agreements with Shawnee State has increased by 14.9 percent and the number of students who are from out-of-state has increased by 11.5 percent.
"We are attracting students from all over the state of Ohio and an increasing number of students from our neighboring counties in Kentucky and other parts of the country," Todt said. "Our programs are gaining in recognition and our expanded marketing efforts are making a difference."
Todt said that among these programs are those in the area of digital simulation and gaming. Last year, Shawnee State received an Honorable Mention in Princeton Review's Top Gaming Programs list. Many other programs, including those in plastics engineering, health sciences, and biomedicine are recognized for academic excellence.