High enrollment continues

Friday, August 23, 2013

For the second year in a row, Culver-Stockton College is preparing for an incoming class with more than 300 students. Last year’s incoming class marked a six-year enrollment high, and this year’s class is expected to continue the trend. Total enrollment at Culver-Stockton is projected to be more than 850 students, which is more than a 10 percent increase from last year.

The new class brings an increase in international students, as well as students from Missouri, Illinois and California. There was also a high draw with students interested in fine arts. The incoming class is a high-performing class, with the average ACT score being above the national average.

“We are excited for this large class, and have been busy all summer preparing for them,” said College President Richard Valentine. “The increasing number of students, especially high-achieving students, assures us that we are on the right path in implementing experiential learning into our courses.”

Recently Culver-Stockton has created a larger global presence which is seen in the increases in number of countries represented at C-SC, which has doubled from the 2012-2013 school year. International students this year come from countries like the Netherlands, Argentina, Liberia and Australia. Growing the diversity at Culver-Stockton was a focus, because officials feel a diverse student body adds depth to an already rich learning experience.

“The fact that students from all over the world have chosen to attend Culver-Stockton speaks volumes,” said Valentine. “Our international students enrich the overall student experience by adding different perspectives to the conversation. And our small student body and tight-knit community really help our international students adjust to the transition of living in a different country.”

Local students also saw the appeal of Culver-Stockton with the largest draw of students enrolling from the Mid-Missouri area. There was also a slight increase in students from rural West Central Illinois. In addition, there are 37 legacies in this class, meaning the incoming student had a parent, sibling or grandparent attend Culver-Stockton.

Another change Culver-Stockton saw in this class from years past is the number of students declaring a major upon matriculation. In last year’s class, the largest group of students was undecided in major. The new students’ top five majors for this incoming class include criminal justice, business, education, nursing and psychology. The increase in students declaring a major early may be attributed to the recently implemented 4-Year Graduation Guarantee. With this guarantee, if students declare their major within a set time frame and follow all regulations of the guarantee, Culver-Stockton waives tuition costs associated with semesters past four years of study.

The incoming students move in Friday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., and classes officially begin Monday, Aug. 26.