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July 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Summer School sees enrollment hike

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Summer School enrollment at Slippery Rock University is up both in course hours taken and actual headcount enrollment compared to the prior year.

Figures recently released by SRU's Office of Academic Records and Summer School, show 735 graduate students signed up for summer classes, compared to 607 for the summer of 2013; and increase of 19 percent. The 2014 graduate students generated 5,677 credit hours compared to 4,772 the previous year.

"This year, our newly launched master of business administration program in our School of Business offered one class during the summer that drew increased attention, and our online special education course program is always a big draw for school teachers who are off from their school assignments during the summer," said Eliott Baker, executive director of the Office of Academic Records and Summer School.

"We also saw a number of students electing to participate in summer internships this year with the number standing at 610, compared to 565 a year ago," he said.

Overall student summer school credits were19,391 this year compared to 18,739 last summer, up 3.5 percent. Overall headcount showed 2,980 graduate, post-baccalaureate, undergraduate non-degree seeking and undergraduate students enrolled, compared to 2,907 (2.5 percent) the previous year

Baker said the largest drop in headcount this year came from a decline in the number of undergraduate taking summer classes, 2,080, down 41 from 2013.

SRU offers a full summer program, including a Summer Post-Session, Pre-Session, Session 1, Session 2 and Summer Term schedule, with Summer Session I the most popular with 1,506 students enrolled.

Baker said students take summer sessions for a variety of reasons, including the need for one or two final courses to meet graduation requirements, for better opportunities to schedule classes around other activities, as a way of beating any anticipated tuition hikes and as a means of getting a jump on their studies for the upcoming academic year.

SRU's fall semester begins at 8 a.m., Aug. 25.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.