Steady growth at Ohio State Marion
Overall enrollment at The Ohio State University at Marion is up 5 percent this fall over Autumn of 2015, from 1085 students enrolled last year to 1139 students enrolled this year.
The new freshman class grew by 5.6%, from 394 in 2015 to 416 this year. Almost 37 percent of this year’s new freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.
“This growth in enrollment is exciting,” said Dr. Greg Rose, dean and director at Ohio State Marion. “These numbers mean more students than ever in our region are reaping the lifelong benefits of a college education from the top university in the state. That, ultimately, translates into stronger families and communities in our region.”
While overall enrollment is up at Ohio State Marion, so is retention. The retention rate from the first year to students’ second year is 68.9 percent in 2016, compared to 63.7% for the year before. This is the highest retention rate among Ohio State’s regional campuses, reports Chris Trapp, Ohio State Marion’s Director of Retention and Educational Outreach Programs. “We work hard to keep track of our students and help them overcome any issues they encounter as new freshmen,” said Trapp. “Our students and their success are very important to us.”
Business, early and middle childhood education, and engineering are the top majors among Ohio State Marion students this year, followed by various health professions, social work, psychology, English, biology, criminology, and history.
Women make up 52.5 percent of the student body with men making up 47.5 percent of Ohio State Marion students. Close to 17 percent of students are considered non-traditional (over age 24). The overall student body is more racially and ethnically diverse than it has ever been at 16.4 percent of the student population listing a race or ethnicity other than white/Caucasian, up from 15.7 percent in Autumn of 2015.
Marion County continues to be the source of the largest number of students attending Ohio State Marion (378), followed by Delaware County (270), Union County (132), Morrow County (99), Franklin County (91), Wyandot County (49), Crawford County (47), Hardin County (13), and all other counties (98). Students coming to Ohio State Marion from counties outside the immediate area grew by 38 percent from 71 to 98, between 2015 and 2016. New student housing options and the engineering program are believed to be factors in the enrollment growth from outside the immediate area.
Ohio State Marion continues to lead all regional campuses of any university across the state in the amount of scholarship money awarded. This year, students received $1,164,253 in scholarships managed by Ohio State Marion, compared with $1,057,619 delivered last year.
“Coupled with our already lower tuition rate of $7,140 per year, these scholarships provide tremendous educational value,” said Dean Rose. “We believe the combination of small classes, lower costs, yet all of the rigor and breadth of Ohio State, means our students receive one of the best higher education programs available anywhere.”