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Written by By HAROLD BROWN/Sentinel City editor   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:49
Undergraduate enrollment at Bowling Green State University for the spring semester is 1.1 percent higher than a year ago, BGSU officials said Tuesday.
Dr. Albert Colom, vice president for enrollment, said the university retained 90 percent of its third-largest freshman class, which was the case a year ago. “There are always some students who do not do well academically but a large number of those who did not return are experiencing financial difficulties. They knew of the financial responsibilities coming in but were not able make things work out. Many of them are in good academic standing.”
Colom said the university uses a variety of ways to help financially-challenged students remain in school. “We talk to them in counseling sessions. We don’t just use a survey. We are here to help them attain a degree,” he said.
As of Tuesday there were 13,814 undergraduate students, compared to 13,663 a year ago.
Graduate enrollment was 2,409, compared to 2,644.
On the Firelands campus in Huron, enrollment was 2,303, down from 2,405 a year ago.
Combined campus enrollment Tuesday was 18,526, down from 18,712. That’s a decline of one percent.
While the undergraduate numbers were good, graduate enrollment continues to lag. Officials were not surprised by the numbers, given reductions in the amount of stipends available.
“This was a planned decrease. We’re a little bit better fall to spring,” said Dr. Michael Ogawa, vice president for  research and economic development and interim dean of the Graduate College.
Looking to August, Colom said the university expects a freshman class “of about the same size and quality.” He said reservations for orientation and housing deposits are running ahead of a year ago.” He also said applications from graduate students have increaased, while applications from transfers are flat.
Colom said the university is refining its recruitment efforts based on results from the past three years. “We are making more visits to high schools where we have been getting more students. We are also making every to meet with parents and focusing on the financial information.
“We continue to use social networking to open doors and get people to ask questions. We are using these networks to get students to help recruit students, to get the message out that we deliver what we promise,” Colom said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:04

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