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Oct. 9, 2002
CONTACT: Joseph Grant, 312-2250
SUNY OSWEGO ENROLLMENT STRONG, STUDENT QUALITY HIGH THIS FALL
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego has more students on campus this semester than at any time since 1993, but the students here now are generally better prepared academically than students in that previous peak year, according to Dr. Joseph F. Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment.
The official preliminary numbers that campuses reported recently to SUNY System Administration put Oswego's headcount enrollment at 8,778 this semester.
"We're up over a thousand headcount students in the last four years," Grant said. The increase will amount to about 675 more annual average full-time equivalent students over that period, he noted. "We're up in virtually every category -- graduate and undergraduate, full time and part time," he said.
Regularly admitted first-year students had an average high school grade average of 87.5 and average SAT scores of 1088. New transfer students came in with an average 2.95 grade average.
SUNY Oswego has enrollment goals of increasing the proportion of students at the high end of the academic scale and increasing the proportion of students who come from more than 100 miles away. The college made progress on both counts this year, Grant said, even as it enrolled more students than originally planned, 1,354 freshmen instead of 1,255.
"We've exceeded our budgeted enrollment in a planned way so as to help temper the state budget circumstance," he said, "but with the understanding that the additional students would meet our profile, and they do. We've brought in both the quality and the number."
Freshmen in the top selectivity group, as defined by grades and test scores, are up 72 percent over the past two years, and freshmen in the bottom two groups are down 92 percent.
Merit scholarships help attract top students, Grant noted. Oswego awarded these scholarships to nearly a quarter of new freshmen and transfers this semester.
Grant said that drawing students from afar, including out-of-state and international students, helps add to the diversity of the student body and maintain a strong residential community on campus. Freshmen from the seven-county local region are down by 16 percent over the past two years, and freshmen from farther away are up 21 percent. The Web is an important tool for attracting students from a distance, he said.
Among academic programs that enrolled a higher number of new students this year are accounting, business administration, secondary education, art and graphic design, meteorology, psychology, public justice and zoology, he said. Undeclared majors also increased.
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