MCC sets new enrollment record
special to The Star / August 23, 2003
Meridian Community College registered a record 4,200 students by the end of the first week of classes on Friday.
Most students, McDonald said, are full-time meaning they are enrolled in 12 or more semester hours of courses for the fall term.
He said this semester marked the fourth straight year MCC has had new records in the number of students registered and total semester hours. So far, MCC students have registered for almost 50,000 credit hours of classes.
McDonald said MCC has been scrambling to provide adequate parking and classroom space to accommodate the growth. He said it's been hectic, "but that's a good problem to have."
MCC President Scott Elliott, who is beginning his sixth year at the college, attributed the growth to multiple factors that include quality of instruction and effective marketing and recruiting efforts.
Elliott also cited MCC's 30 occupational programs as a big draw for students interested in fast-track career opportunities everything from the medical field to computer-oriented positions.
Cost and convenience are always major factors for students, Elliott said. At $600 for a full-time student per semester, MCC's tuition costs less than half that of most public universities.
McDonald said MCC's greatest challenge for the first few weeks of the fall term is "retaining students."
McDonald said MCC will continue to register students for the fall term through Aug. 29. Thereafter, MCC is planning some shorter-term courses to begin later this fall.