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College sees uptick in fall enrollment

September 16, 2019

University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College began the fall 2019 semester with 5,548 students, about 1.8 % more than last fall’s enrollment of 5,450. Classes began Aug. 19, and enrollment from the 11th day of class is used for reporting to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Student Semester Credit Hours (SSCH) are 55,535, which is 15.9% higher than SSCH in spring semester of this year, and 3% higher than fall 2018.

Of this fall’s enrollment:

  • 64% are female; 36% are male
  • Average age is 26
  • Average credit hours per student is 10

“We are optimistic about our enrollment growth this fall,” said Chancellor Margaret Ellibee. “While the broader demographic and economic trends that contributed to loss of enrollment in years past are still factors we contend with, a sustained, campus-wide effort to recruit and retain students is beginning to reap rewards. Growth is not a ‘given,’ so we will continue to stay true to our mission of providing access to quality educational opportunities that develops a person’s fullest potential.

“Our students deserve the best education possible, so once we have enrolled students, our continued focus is to retain them in their program of choice. If they choose to remain at UA-PTC and graduate – with either certificates and/or a two-year degree – their career and economic advancement can be realized. That success is personally transformative for our graduates. And, it also makes for a trained employee and a contributing community member.”
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