USF Enrollment Up - on Three Campuses
For the fall semester of 2012, the University of Saint Francis welcomed the largest student body in the school's history. Last year's enrollment of 2,350 at the Fort Wayne campus was increased to 2,366 students this fall.
USF Crown Point also saw an increased enrollment, with 189 students registered this fall. The figure is 20 percent higher than enrollment at Crown Point last fall and is over 300 percent higher than its Fall 2007 enrollment.
At the university's annual Opening Convocation and Mass, USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss indicated that the sustained growth from last year's enrollment is largely due to generous financial aid packages for "direct out of high school" students, retention initiatives and the launching of adult learning options through USF's Virtual Campus. At Crown Point, the increased enrollment is attributed to a rise in community support, the addition of programs and the launching of the Virtual Campus, according to Sandie Phalen, USF Crown Point's director of marketing and development.
Thanks to the affordable, flexible adult learning programs offered online through the newly formed Virtual Campus, USF's enrollment is expected to increase even more. In particular, the eight-week accelerated course format is designed with the working adult in mind. Two fully online degrees - the 12-month Master of Business Administration and the 12-month Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing - have attracted 35 students in this introductory term.
To draw adult learners who already have some college credit and are looking to finish a degree, USF plans to add more accelerated programs to its Virtual Campus. Adults who are busy balancing work and family obligations are likely to find the university's Virtual Campus an attractive option, especially with a competitive pricing structure and a process to get credit for prior learning.