Enrollment up at Dayton area colleges

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Many students are choosing to hit the books right here at home with some Dayton colleges even breaking enrollment records.

Fall semester is well underway, and The University of Dayton has welcomed its largest first-year class ever. More than 2,200 have flocked to campus to become Dayton Flyers. University officials say total enrollment has topped 7,500, also the largest the University has ever seen.

“If you would look at our career services site, the job opportunities are phenomenal for our graduates,” said Rob Durkle, the Assistant Vice President of UD’s Enrollment Management.

Officials say the school boasts a top notch academic program along with a clear tuition plan.

“That program for students coming in is one where they know exactly what their cost is going to be for the next four years, so there are no hidden costs there are no book fees,” said Durkle.

Grace Dill is a senior who works in the admissions office. She says she sees anywhere from 20 to 50 prospective students visit everyday attratced to the campus not only by its beauty but also by the programs offered.

“The engineering school is where I come from is one of the strongest in the country,” said Dill. “Also the business school has been one of our strongest, the psychology department, the communications, we have a very strong emphasis on academics.”

Officials say the Flyers’ NCAA run may have also have something to do with students’ decisions to come there.

“I think the exposure of the University received helped. I don’t know if you can say that’s exactly why,” said Durkle. “Now certainly there were students who were in the deciding phase who saw that and might have said it’s between school A and the University of Dayton and after seeing us on television they might have said Dayton is where I need to be.”

Officials say with this record breaking class, they’ve maxed out their growth for now. Students say the growth is what has built their community.

“Seeing more people on campus experience the same things I’ve experienced just makes me happy because other people get to feel the home I do as well,” smiled Dill.

UD isn’t the only school with high enrollment numbers. Wright State says its enrollment climbed 1.2% from the past year with more than 17,000 attending. Sinclair also has more degree-seeking students than ever before, at 12,700. Cedarville University has also set a record for enrollment for the 8th straight year.

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