Belmont College Reports Fall Enrollment Increase
Belmont College boasts another enrollment increase for the second consecutive academic year.
St. Clairsville, OH (September 1, 2016) – With the recent start of the fall semester, Belmont College is pleased to announce that enrollment numbers at the college are continuing to increase.
According to college officials, as of the first day of classes on August 22, 2016, the number of students enrolled for the fall term has climbed to 11.92 percent compared to the same time-period last year. This enrollment growth follows a recent Spring 2016 headcount enrollment increase of 7.36 percent and establishes an increase for two consecutive years.
“We are very pleased with our enrollment numbers for the fall term,” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, President. “This increase is a direct reflection of the hard work that our faculty, staff, and students put forth to make Belmont College a success.”
“Each member of the Belmont College community plays an integral role in enrollment,” he continued. “While it is difficult to attribute the enrollment increase to one specific factor, recent efforts have been to increase the focus on students and to ensure that we provide them with the services and degree offerings that they need in order to succeed.”
Additionally, several notable programs experienced strong growth compared to last fall. According to Sue White, Director of Nursing, enrollment in the Licensed Practical Nursing program increased 87 percent while the Associate Degree Nursing program showed an increase of 19 percent compared to Fall 2015.
“We expected an increase of interest in our nursing programs with the opening of our new Health Sciences Center, but enrollment this fall has far exceeded our expectations,” said White.
Another program experiencing an increase in headcount is Criminal Justice.
“Belmont College Criminal Justice Students are valued as individuals, and we strive to keep all facets of the program interesting, educational, and fun,” said Attorney Desiree Lyonette, Criminal Justice Program Chair. “College is a time for students to find themselves, cultivate their passions, and share their excitement within their communities, places of employment, and even in the middle and high schools. Offering our students experiences such as field trips, interactive class sessions, and internships, as well as class offerings at the St. Clairsville, Woodsfield and Cadiz locations at times that accommodate their busy schedules, provides opportunities for success in the classroom.”
Ohio’s new College Credit Plus program has also played a factor in Belmont’s recent enrollment spike. The premise of College Credit Plus is to afford students in grades 7 through 12, at no cost to them, the ability to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities.
“We work closely with our local high school partners to ensure the accessibility of the College Credit Plus program to students and families,” said Tim Houston, Dean of Student Affairs & Strategic Enrollment Management. “Compared to this time last year our College Credit Plus enrollment numbers for Fall 2016 have more than doubled.”
Some of Belmont College’s hands-on and technical programs include: Welding, Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, as well as Health Science programs such as Nursing and Medical Assisting. The college also offers the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees which allow students the ability to transfer their credits towards a bachelor’s degree at four-year institutions.
Gasparro went on to say, “We have many changes and on-going improvements happening on campus. With enrollment continuing to increase each semester, the college is working to create new programs and initiatives to meet students’ needs. We recently added Allied Health Administration and Computerized Legal Office Specialist to our list of degree offerings as part of our continued effort to make advancements at the college.”
The new degree offerings have been added following a recent college-wide initiative titled “Be Connected,” which provides an iPad to every student, faculty member and the majority of staff members. The purpose of Be Connected is to encourage completion and retention, as well as to enhance the way Belmont College teaches and prepares students for the technology-driven careers that await them.
The enrollment growth isn’t limited to just the Belmont’s Main Campus in St. Clairsville. The Harrison County Center in Cadiz, as well as the Monroe County Center in Woodsfield, have also contributed in the college’s enrollment gains.
For more information about Belmont College visit www.belmontcollege.edu or call 740.695.9500.
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