The new school year has started at Greenville College.
Michael Ritter, vice president of enrollment, talked to WGEL about the number of students at the local college.
Over 1,000 students have started the fall semester. The official count won’t be done for a few weeks. Ritter said the freshman class is a strong one that equals the size of last year’s.
Ritter said a few hundred students also take masters level courses online and there are over 100 in the Adult Degree Completion Program.
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About one-half of the new students at the college each year participate in sports.
Ritter said for many students, attending college takes adjustments in their lives. He said they come from many different walks of life and about 40% of them come from out of state. For many, Greenville is the smallest town they’ve ever lived in. He noted that many students fall in love with the community and remain in Greenville after graduation.
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The program for Chinese students continues to be popular, according to Ritter. The last few years, enrollment has been smaller, while this year they’ve seen a bump in the numbers.
Over the next few months, there will be about a dozen international students, from numerous countries, that will begin coursework at GC. Ritter said international students have added a great dimension to the campus and the town over the past few years.
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Ritter said the admissions office has already started efforts to recruit students for next year’s class.