Stritch yields second largest first-year class in university history

Thursday, September 5, 2013 9:30:00 PM

With 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.  

The largest first-year class enrolled at the institution in 2008, with a total of 213 students.

In addition, 130 undergraduate transfer students were enrolled this fall, which is a 26 percent increase from the previous fall. 

John Mueller, vice president of enrollment services, said “many departments and people collaborated in the recruitment efforts that attracted this large first-year class.”

The 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
  • The 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.

This 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.

“Students 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.”

Graduate 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 program. 

In 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.