More and more students are applying to Plattsburgh State University College, allowing the college to invite the highest quality of students into the Plattsburgh community.
“I think students who are here and those who have attended Plattsburgh State are telling people about their education here and letting people know how much we have to offer,” said Michelle Oullette, Director of Public Relations at Plattsburgh State University College (PSUC). “Our ultimate goal is to find students that are the best fit for what we have to offer and will be able to thrive here and add to our college campus.”
Ouellette said a study hadbeen conducted about 6 years ago. The study asked students how they would rate their experience at Plattsburgh State. The results showed that the quality of education received exceeded what students expected.
“Students were reporting they were receiving excellent instruction and were given rigorous work during their time here,” Ouellette said.
This year marks the eighth year in a row, SUNY Plattsburgh has had to turn away more applicants than it could accept. Meaning out of 8,192 new student applications, PSUC only accepted 3,738, 45 percent, for incoming freshman.
“All these targets or enrollment goals are not just number strategies, it is still early to tell and people are still being counted,” said Richard Higgins, associate vice president for enrollment management.
Officials estimate that around 960 new freshmen will enroll this semester. The freshman enrollment goal was 925.
Of those expected to enroll, 40 percent are Merit Award winners.
“We are pleased with the quality of this year’s freshman class — not only for its academic achievements but service and extra-curricular involvements as well,” Higgins said.
The college’s main and branch campuses will also welcome a total of around 645 new transfer students. The majority of these come from Clinton Community College, Adirondack Community College, Hudson Valley Community College and North Country Community College.
Most of the college’s new students are New York residents, but 71 of the anticipated students come from states like Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Hampshire.
In addition, officials expect to enroll more than 160 new international students, hailing from a range of countries. This number is up from 106 last year.
Assistant Vice President for Global Education Jackie Vogl noted in a press release that, while the number of degree-seeking international students has increased slightly, the big reason for the change is an effort to enroll more visiting students. These students will spend some time studying at the college but do not plan to earn a Plattsburgh degree.
Last year, the college had 12 such students. This year, there are 38, coming from Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Laos, Netherlands, Pakistan, South Korea, Tajikistan and Tunisia.
“The geographic diversity of our incoming international students is quite extraordinary,” Vogl wrote.
Finally, officials expect that the main and branch campus will see a total of 190 new graduate students this semester.
SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling said he views the enrollment numbers as part of a larger trend at the college.
“This is just one more piece of evidence that our college is continuing to thrive. We are gaining an international reputation for the work we do, thanks to the efforts of our faculty, staff and students,” he said.