Campus enrollment increases continue
Photo Cutline: Prospective students and their parents pack the Oct. 19th visit day at Ohio State Marion.
The numbers are in, and for the third year in a row, Ohio State Marion is seeing significant enrollment growth year-over-year. With the Autumn, 2018 official count, Ohio State Marion enrolled 570 new students, boosting enrollment to 1,252--a 4.5 percent increase over the year before. This fall’s increase marks three years of enrollment hikes in the four to five percent range for Ohio State Marion.
“We think our new four-year biology degree and a solid engineering program are part of the reason,” reflects Dr. Greg Rose, Ohio State Marion’s dean and director.
“But there are other factors as well, including student housing nearby, hard work by our enrollment team and academic advisors, a new Science and Engineering Building, ample opportunities for financial aid, and a really top-notch faculty. Students and parents increasingly understand that Ohio State Marion is a way to be a Buckeye in a smaller, affordable, and friendly setting,” explained Rose.
This fall’s students come from 48 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Students on the Marion campus hail from all corners of the state—from Ashtabula, Trumbull, Geauga, Lake and Cuyahoga counties in the northeast to Hamilton, Warren, Butler, and Montgomery counties in the southwest part of the state. Delaware, Marion, Union, and Franklin counties respectively send the most students to Ohio State Marion.
Not only is enrollment growing, but so is the Marion regional campus’s retention rate—that is, the number of students who return to Ohio State following their first year. This year, 72.3 percent of first year Ohio State Marion students stayed to become second year Ohio State students, up from 69.9 percent the year before—the highest retention rate among Ohio State’s regional campuses.
“Our students realize the value they’re receiving here, plus we’ve implemented a lot of programs to support their success in that first year,” said Rose.
If campus visits are an indication, enrollment growth should continue on Marion’s Ohio State campus. “We’re seeing strong attendance for our visit days,” reported enrollment counselor Ashley Marsh.
Students who apply to Ohio State Marion by December 1, 2018 are guaranteed a $500 scholarship in addition to any other financial aid they may earn. Ohio State Marion continues to deliver more financial aid to its students than any other regional campus in Ohio—over $1.1 million this past year.
New Ohio State students now receive an Apple I-Pad from the university and, starting with the spring semester 2019, students eligible for federal Pell grants can be guaranteed what amounts to free tuition through the new Buckeye Affordability grants that fill any gap remaining on a student’s bill after all other financial aid is accounted for.
Prospective students and their parents pack the October 19th visit day at Ohio State Marion.