Sept. 6, 2011—North Central College begins its Sesquicentennial year with a record number of students.
The College—which on Nov. 11 will mark the 150th anniversary of its 1861 founding—anticipates total enrollment to exceed 3,000 as the 2011-2012 academic year begins. The year is expected to begin with more than 2,700 undergraduate students and nearly 300 graduate students.
“This is the largest number of full-time students in the College’s history,” says Martin Sauer, dean of admission and financial aid. “It’s also the most ethnically diverse and academically talented class we’ve ever had.”
This is the sixth straight year of record enrollment at North Central College.
The College anticipates about 850 new students when fall term classes begin on Monday, Sept. 12.
About two-thirds of new students are first-year students who graduated high school in 2011, while about 280 are students transferring from other schools. New students are coming to North Central from 23 states and 18 foreign countries.
More than 90 percent of North Central students receive financial aid to offset tuition costs. This year the College awarded a record number of Presidential Scholarships, the College’s top academic award.
“We’re finding students are choosing North Central College because of its affordability,” Sauer says. “The level of financial aid we’re providing is making it possible for students who desire a North Central College education to achieve that.”
The College expects the incoming first-year class of 2015 to have 575 members. About two-thirds of total new students and nearly 81 percent of new first-year students will live in residence halls on campus. This is the most diverse population in North Central’s 150-year history, with 18 percent minorities.
Enrollment numbers will be formally certified in late September, two weeks after fall term classes begin. The College’s academic calendar consists of three 10-week terms, a summer session and a December Term.