Students enrolled in Seminole State College of Florida’s new bachelor’s degree programs are fueling enrollment growth for the Fall Term at the College, new numbers show.
As classes start this week, Seminole State is showing a credit enrollment increase of nearly 5 percent for Fall Term, compared with the same period for Fall Term 2011.
Pamela Mennechey, associate vice president of Student Recruitment and Enrollment, says 700 students are enrolled in the College’s five bachelor’s degrees.
“The growth of our bachelor’s degree programs – four of which started just in January – have helped us outpace our projections for the fall,” Mennechey says. “This is an impressive feat, given that we expected no growth this term.”
In addition to bachelor’s degree increases, enrollment is up in all areas at the College, Mennechey says, including first-time-in-college, transfer, and dual enrollment students.
Growth at Seminole State is spread across all four campuses, the highest overall increase – 19 percent – at the Heathrow Campus, data shows. Heathrow is the base campus for two of the bachelor’s degrees (business and information management, and interior design).
Bachelor’s degree enrollments are still only about 2 percent of the more than 56,000 total credit enrollments at Seminole State. However, Mennechey says she expects this percentage to rise significantly over the next few years as more students transition into the College’s four-year programs.
The College is also looking to expand those programs by offering more online courses. In Fall 2013, Seminole State will begin offering a fully online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Construction degree, the first of its kind in the nation. The program is designed for students who have earned an A.S. in construction or a related field.
Dr. Mark Morgan, associate vice president, Institutional Effectiveness and Research, says the Fall Term’s increases also can be attributed to the schedule, which was adjusted through the enrollment period.
“Academic Affairs and Student Affairs have teamed up well to build and fill a schedule that seems well-suited to students enrolling this term,” Morgan says.
Seminole State’s bachelor’s degree students at a glance:
Seminole State offers five bachelor’s degrees. The deadline to apply for Spring Term is Oct. 15. For more information, visit the bachelor's degree home page or call 407.708.2106.
College Relations and Marketing is looking for on-campus talent to show their personality. Drop by the casting call to have your photo taken on Sept. 2 at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus or Sept. 3 at the Oviedo Campus.Read More »
Seminole State College remains among the Top 20 on Community College Week’s annual list of the Top 100 producers of two-year degrees in the nation. The Top 100 list ranks Seminole State No. 15 in the nation for graduating students who earn A.A./liberal arts degrees.Read More »
The Fine Arts Department at Seminole State College will kick off its 2014-15 cultural arts season with a theater production of the comical musical “Nunsense,” a gallery exhibit displaying the oil paintings of Lee Andrew Blanco, and a series of student music recitals.Read More »