Ohio State Marion continues upward enrollment trend
Dated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
For the second consecutive year, Ohio State Marion has seen significant enrollment increases from the previous year. Official autumn 2017 enrollment, which is reported on the 15th day of the new semester was 1198, an increase of 5.2% over last autumn’s enrollment of 1,139.
According to Director of Financial Aid and Institutional Research, Matt Moreau, full-time enrollment (FTE) has increased from 979 to 1038, an increase of 6% over 2016. Positive gains in enrollment have been a trend for the campus since 2015, which has seen a healthy 10% increase from autumn 2015 to autumn 2017.
Ohio State Marion Dean & Director, Gregory S. Rose shared, while many variables contribute to the recent positive enrollment trends on the campus, the expansion of science and engineering coursework is a likely contributor to the increase.
“Attracting more students to the 4 year biology degree, expanded coursework in engineering, as well as this group of freshmen being the first to use the new Science and Engineering Building are likely factors in our upward trend,” said Rose.
Rose also indicated that enrollment increases may also correlate with the university’s recent focus on strengthening undergraduate teaching on all campuses.
Ohio State’s strong commitment to teaching and learning has won the university national recognition. In its 2018 Best Colleges guidebook, U.S. News & World Report lists the university among those with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Ohio State is No. 8 among public universities and No. 17 nationally for Best Undergraduate Teaching.
“Undergraduate teaching is at the core of what we do on the regional campuses,” Rose said.
Autumn 2017 statistics indicate a trend toward increased enrollment outside of Ohio State Marion’s traditional service area, which includes Crawford, Delaware, Harding, Marion, Morrow, Union, Wyandot, and Franklin County.
The recent advent of more privately developed student housing in Marion, such as the Annex of Marion and Harding Centre now makes Ohio State Marion a more viable option for students statewide. Ohio State Marion now draws students from 40 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Student enrollment from outside the campus’s traditional service area has increased from 5% to 9% since 2015.
Established in 1957 by former Ohio Governor James Rhodes, The Ohio State University at Marion is one of four regional Ohio State campuses, in addition to the main campus in Columbus and ATI Wooster, one of six campuses statewide that comprise The Ohio State University