CANTON – SUNY Canton is in line for a new enrollment record for the fifth consecutive year.
The surge in enrollments will make for an academically stronger incoming class, college officials said.
Applications for Fall 2012 are up nearly 40 percent over last year’s record-breaking totals.
To date, the SUNY Canton has received roughly 3,600 applications for the fall semester, compared to 2,600 applications at the beginning of 2011.
“We’ve accepted approximately 1,400 students to date for Fall 2012, compared to 991 at this time last year,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Having such a large increase at this point in the admissions process allows us to increase our selectivity to create an academically stronger incoming class.”
SUNY Canton has had record-breaking enrollment for the past four years. The Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006 and up a remarkable 75 percent from Fall 2000.
The college says its growth is accounted for by new bachelor’s degrees added over the last few years. For instance, the college has received about 140 applications for the completely new four-year veterinary technology program, making it among the most popular bachelor’s degree programs added in the past year. The college’s new sports management program has received about 126 applications already.
“With popular standing majors like criminal investigation, nursing, and the engineering technology curricula, these new options are attracting a wider selection of applicants who are interested in our four year degrees,” said Director of Admissions Nicole Campbell. “Because we have such a high volume of applications, students should apply early for the Fall 2012 semester to secure a spot in their chosen major,” Campbell said.
There has been a 30 percent increase in students applying for admission into the graphic and multimedia design program, a 20 percent increase for nursing, and criminal investigation applications are up approximately 15 percent. Overall applications to the combined engineering technology curricula are up almost 90 percent, according to college counts.
As applications for next fall’s classes pour in, Campbell said “We appear to be well on our way to hitting a new all-time high this year, and maybe even topping the 6,000 mark for the first time in the college’s history. The people in our admissions office have been working hard to keep up with such a fantastic increase.”
Among other developments, SUNY Canton opened its newest residence hall, the Grasse River Suites to accommodate its expanding resident student population. And the college recently celebrated the completion of its new athletic and convocation center, nicknamed Roos House.