Convocation Held, Enrollment Up

The University of Saint Francis held its convocation and Mass on August 28, officially opening the academic year. University President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, announced a record fall first-day enrollment of 2,405, as compared with 2,360 last year. In addition, a 20 percent increase in new students was cited, with this fall’s total at 805.

A large part of the growth is credited to online courses in the College of Adult Learning. Also contributing to the enrollment increase are the financial aid packages to direct-out-of-high-school students, a competitive pricing structure and successful placement.

Nearly 200 students are enrolled this semester in the Virtual Campus, which offers multiple fully online degrees. In addition, USF’s new two- and four-year dance programs and the Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science are attracting students. Enrollment is also up at the university’s Crown Point campus, with the addition of two new degree programs.

During the convocation, President Kriss not only discussed enrollment but also reviewed accomplishments from the past academic year and described plans and goals for the new year. Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese officiated at the Mass.

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