WVU Tech celebrated the first day of the 2011-12 academic year on Monday, August 22, with a 5.5% overall enrollment increase. The total headcount in 2011 was 1,160, compared to 1,100 on the first day of classes in 2010. The University expects more than 100 additional early enrollment students in the next few weeks.
Tech saw a 4.7% increase in incoming freshmen with 287 students compared to 274 the previous year. This class also represents an 80% increase in out-of-state and international students.
“We’re excited about this year’s growth,” stated Reeta Piirala-Skoglund, director of admissions and recruitment. “This is clear evidence of the success of our new marketing and recruitment strategies.”
Residence Halls are at more than 90% capacity. Students with fewer than 59 college credit hours are required to live on campus, unless they commute less than 50 miles. Student athletes receiving an athletic scholarship are also required to live on campus.
“We strive to provide valuable student programming in our residence halls, in addition to comfortable, secure housing,” explained Amy Cotner-Klingler, associate dean of student affairs.
Additional data will be available later this fall when official enrollment is submitted to the Higher Education Policy Commission.