Toward the end of August, I received an update on our enrollment numbers, and it was very positive. We’ll share more final numbers with you later this fall, but there are some overall highlights I want to mention at this time.
It’s looking like the Class of 2020 will perhaps be our largest class of in-state students ever. I firmly believe that serving more in-state students assisted us in getting an additional $2 million in recurring operating monies from the State General Assembly last session.
In addition, this will be our largest transfer class in recent years. For the fourth year in a row, we expect to have around the same number of nonresident students. We also are projecting to have another increase in our minority enrollment – representing more than 20 percent of the incoming class. All in all, the Class of 2020 – which will graduate during the celebration of our 250th anniversary (also known as the sestercentennial) – is shaping up to be the largest freshman class in history at the College. As such, it appears we will make our enrollment projections and that our budget is stable.
I want to thank Jimmie Foster and the Admissions and Financial Aid teams for all they have done, and continue to do, to recruit and shape our enrollment.