Spring enrollment of new students at Simpson is the strongest in several years and indications for fall enrollment suggest a confirmation of that trend for the freshman class of 2012-13.
“It appears that overall enrollment is on course for a record or near record level similar to what Simpson has seen in recent years,” said Deb Tierney, vice president for enrollment.
Enrollment in the spring term was bolstered by the following factors:
- The numbers of transfer and new students doubled over a year ago
- Retention of this fall’s freshman class for the spring term is at a near record level for the college.
Applications for the fall semester are currently running 28% ahead of the same time last year and visits to campus are up significantly as well.
Simpson continues to attract high-quality students with a 20% increase in the number of applicants having achieved a score of 30 or better on the ACT exam.
I think students are being attracted to Simpson for the coming fall based on a number of great new initiatives at the college,” Simpson President John Byrd suggested. These include:
- Construction of the Kent Campus Center which promises to be the focal point for student life on campus
- Exciting new programs in nursing and healthcare management
- An internship program that guarantees an internship to each entering student
- The “SC in 3” program that provides an opportunity for students to complete their undergraduate degree in three years.
“This has been one of the most productive years ever for Simpson as faculty and staff have continued to work to bring exciting new opportunities and facilities to the Simpson campus,” said Byrd.