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ETSU fall enrollment down by 400-plus students

Staff report • Sep 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Enrollment for the fall 2013 semester at East Tennessee State University stands at 14,957 students, according to preliminary figures released today.

This figure includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students and residents from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and represents an overall decrease of 447 students from the fall 2012 enrollment of 15,404.

“The start of the fall semester is always one of the most exciting times of the year, and this year we welcomed 14,957 students to campus who are either beginning or continuing their pursuit of a degree,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. “Our goal is to engage them with this campus and support them along their journey toward graduation and ultimately realizing their life dreams.”

The number of new freshmen and undergraduate transfers decreased from the previous fall semester, dropping by 199 students and 59 students, respectively. Though overall numbers are down, ETSU witnessed a 5 percent increase in online course enrollment, as well as growth in the number of high school students participating in the dual enrollment program.

ETSU set a record last fall in the number of graduate students attending ETSU. Graduate enrollment remained relatively flat for the fall 2013 semester, down by eight students.

“Our strong offerings at the graduate level, which include 13 doctoral programs, have helped us to sustain that growth,” said Dr. Cecilia McIntosh, ETSU dean of Graduate Studies.

“We will continue to look closely at our enrollment figures during the upcoming year and identify and pursue opportunities that will help us reach our enrollment targets for upcoming years,” Noland added.

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