Students flocking to Scranton

Downtown — By on November 6, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Nowhere is the vitality of the Greater Scranton area more apparent than in the growth of its colleges and universities. Why not Rediscover Scranton for yourself and see what the buzz is about?

At the start of the 2007-08 school year, schools across Northeastern Pennsylvania saw record enrollment numbers.

The University of Scranton’s 1,600 incoming students, including a record 1,035 full-time undergraduate students, represented the largest incoming class in the school’s 119-year history. This year, Scranton’s applicant pool exceeded the 7,000 mark for the first time reaching 7,608. Just three years ago applications first surpassed 6,000, and five years ago, applications first broke 5,000.

The school also set a record for new graduate students (435). Applications to Scranton’s graduate programs increased by 29 percent this year, and new enrollment grew by approximately five percent.

Keystone College in La Plume welcomed 1,775 students this fall, the highest enrollment in the college’s 139-year history. The enrollment included 515 new full-time students and the largest freshman class in over a decade. Keystone is also offering 35 online courses during the 2007-08 academic year, its largest selection of web-based courses ever.

Marywood University currently features an undergraduate enrollment of 1,896 with a graduate enrollment of 1,284 for a total enrollment of 3,180.

Johnson College saw a 21 percent increase in freshman enrollment, rising from 210 in 2006 to 220 this year. Returning sophomores dropped slightly from 166 to 156.

Lackawanna College’s freshman enrollment of 535 for the fall of 2007 represents a seven percent or 34-student increase over last year. The overall enrollment is 1,328, six and a half percent higher than in 2006.

The Scranton Plan, the industrial marketing arm of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and community leaders launched Rediscover Scranton to promote and strengthen greater Scranton’s quality of life and business assets. Through Rediscover Scranton, volunteers are identifying and contacting accomplished people with ties to greater Scranton, informing them about economic, quality of living, and growth opportunities, and encouraging them to relocate their businesses and families to the area. For more information visit www.rediscoverscranton.com.

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