193 students, this fall’s first year undergraduate student class is the second largest in the
history of the University, marking a more than 7 percent increase over the size
of last year’s class.
largest first-year class enrolled at the institution in 2008, with a total of
addition, 130 undergraduate transfer students were enrolled this fall, which is a 26 percent
increase from the previous fall.
Mueller, vice president of enrollment services, said “many departments and
people collaborated in the recruitment efforts that attracted this large
influx of new students comes as a result of a combination of efforts including:
- A successful campus visit
program where prospective students and their families meet with faculty,
performance directors, coaches as well as academic and financial aid advisors
- Expanded outreach to
prospective students and markets with strong messaging outlining Stritch’s quality
academics and strong sense of community
addition of eight new athletics teams. They include men’s track and field,
women’s track and field, men’s bowling, women’s bowling, men’s tennis, women’s
tennis, men’s golf and women’s golf.
large incoming class arrives at a time when the Stritch community is dedicating
efforts and resources toward building a more vibrant university experience to meet the goals of Visioning and Planning.
are attracted by our excellent academic offerings in nursing, education, business,
and the liberal arts,” Mueller said. “It’s great that we have added
co-curricular activities, but students go to college to pursue a degree, and
our offerings are second to none. The
feedback we received affirms everyone’s efforts at creating a caring community.
I am truly thankful for the university-wide commitment to support and be
involved in our recruitment efforts; it has paid dividends both at the
undergraduate and graduate levels.”
recruitment is also on track to meet expectations, with many individual
programs greatly exceeding projected enrollments this fall. For example, an
analysis of August graduate program starts indicates that 139 students enrolled
in the College of Education and Leadership last month, up from 85 at the same
time last year. This represents an increase of 64 percent. These numbers can be
attributed to the success of the online Master of Educational Leadership
program, the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the Teach for America
addition to these enrollment successes, the new Student Success Center is
designed to address and improve upon retention, which is a second area of
emphasis for the University. The new center is designed to allow for increased
efficiencies, better synergy between and among student service units, and
ultimately enhanced student service.