Wednesday, August 29, 2007
ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State’s student population is growing by leaps and bounds.
SC State received a record number of 7,523 freshmen applications for fall 2007. As of August 29, university officials are reporting the largest freshman class – 1,205 – in its history, a 37% increase over last year’s entering class of 881. This record enrollment number of 1,205 is preliminary and is expected to increase once final enrollment figures are available.
Included in the numbers is a very encouraging trend. The number of male students increased significantly, representing about half of the incoming class (49 percent), compared to a female-to-male ratio of 60 percent-to-40 percent for all students. The overall enrollment is also up from 4,384 last fall and is projected to exceed 4,500. Over the past few years, SC State has invested heavily in its infrastructure, particularly in its student housing and enhanced its enrollment management functions to better serve its students.
These efforts, along with the positive exposure from hosting the first nationally televised presidential primary debate, are making SC State University the institution of choice for an increasing number of students. The University is also ranked, for the second consecutive year, number one in the nation among national universities in Social Mobility by Washington Monthly magazine.
“Access and opportunity is great, and SC State University is an institution of opportunity. But what’s even greater is that our young people are taking advantage of the opportunities that we make available for them,” said Antonio Boyle, assistant vice president for enrollment management.