LIMA — Enrollment is mixed for area colleges and universities for the fall semester.
The Ohio State University-Lima reported last month steady enrollment of 1,010 total students. The campus saw an increase in new students and strong retention numbers.
Of the total number of students, 369 of them are new freshmen, a 13.9 percent increase over the same time last year. The new students represent 30 Ohio counties. While the freshmen are from more than 120 high schools, the top feeders are Shawnee, Ottawa-Glandorf, Elida, Bath, Wapakoneta, Benjamin Logan, Lima Central Catholic and Bellefontaine.
OSU-Lima’s Academy program has 65 high school students from 21 area high schools enrolled for the fall semester. The Academy program is Ohio State’s implementation of Ohio’s College Credit Plus program that allows talented high school students to enroll in coursework while still in high school.
Rhodes State College reported this week a 6.4 percent increase in initial fall enrollment compared to the same time last year. There were 4,002 students — 64 percent female, 36 percent male. New student enrollment also remains consistent but down slightly from 435 last fall to 431 this fall.
At the University of Northwestern Ohio, the total number of students who attended at any point between July 1 and Oct. 2, 2018 were 4,005. As for new students, that number is 1,546. Of the full time students enrolled at UNOH on Oct. 15, 2016, 80 percent of them were still in attendance or had successfully completed their program of study by Oct. 15, 2017. UNOH reports an international aspect to their student makeup, with the current student population representing 38 states and 49 countries.
Bluffton University reports 185 first-year students. The total number of students across all programs is 770.
“Our first-year cohort is smaller than we had hoped, but the class is very strong and includes one of our largest groups of international students in recent years,” said Robin Bowlus, interim vice president of enrollment management. “The class includes five valedictorians, 13 National Merit Scholars and/or Student Council members, 33 percent are ranked in the top quarter of their graduating class and there are 13 international students from 10 countries. We are excited to have all of our first-year students join our campus community.”
Over at Ohio Northern University in Ada, fall enrollment is down slightly, going from 3,088 in 2017 to 3,039 in 2018.
Freshman enrollment is 682 students, an increase of 6.5 percent over fall 2017 and it’s the second straight year of comparable growth in freshman students. ONU also reports that retention of first-year to second-year students is 85 percent.
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