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ETSU reports record spring 2012 enrollment

Rex Barber • Feb 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

More than 14,000 students are enrolled at East Tennessee State University this semester, according to the school.

ETSU announced Wednesday 14,466 students were attending classes for the spring 2012 semester. This is a record number, up by 283 students from this time in 2011 when enrollment was 14,183.

The school said more students are enrolled in every category, including undergraduates, transfer students, first-time freshmen and graduate students. This number also includes medical and pharmacy students.

New ETSU President Brian Noland said he was happy more and more people are pursuing their goals.

“The most exciting aspect of this announcement is that 14,466 men and women are transforming their lives by pursuing some level of higher education,” ETSU President Brian Noland said in a news release. “I’m delighted to be part of this campus community during this time of enrollment growth.”

ETSU has enrolled more students each fall and spring semester than the previous corresponding semesters for many years. ETSU reported more than 15,500 students enrolled this past fall semester. Enrollment typically is less in the spring than the fall, because of December graduation and fewer enrollees in the middle of the academic year. But the school has been experiencing increases in the spring from previous springs.

“It seems the efforts, the programs, what we have to offer, people are interested in,” said Ramona Williams, ETSU vice provost for enrollment services. “You know, ETSU offers such a wide variety of programs and degrees.”

Reasons for continued enrollment increases include the HOPE Scholarship, the breadth of programs at the school, numerous off-campus locations, online options for course work, student services and like tutoring and new on-campus apartments.

Graduate-level students have continued to increase in number, too. In the past 15 years 10 new doctoral programs have been added to ETSU’s offerings, most recently the doctor of practice in nursing.

For undergraduates, the top programs of study are nursing, pre-business, education, allied health, psychology and criminal justice, in that order, Williams said.

ETSU has always drawn the majority of its students from this region, especially Washington, Sullivan and Carter and other counties near ETSU. Williams said, though, that new scholarship initiatives offered by the school should make ETSU more attractive to students from farther away.

“The majority of our undergraduate students come from the counties that are closest to us,” Williams said.“We expect to see more students enrolling from beyond.”

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