Clinton College Defies Enrollment Cliff and Continues Growth

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John W. Dysart
The Dysart Group


Clinton College has overcome demographic declines to grow enrollment, while most other colleges and universities have stagnated or right sized under the current challenging market conditions.

The institution has effectively invested in programming and the physical plant under the leadership of Dr. Lester A. McCorn.  Recent innovation and investment have made the institution more attractive to prospective students and supported the institutional focus on Scholarship, Social Change, Spirituality and Service.

  • The College expanded academic offerings with its new Clinton College Global initiative designed to provide 100% online offerings in accelerated and flexible formats.
  • The College introduced a Bachelor of Science in Nursing this year.
  • Construction has been completed on the new Academic Center for Excellence. The 7,178 square foot facility includes classrooms, offices, conference spaces, a choir room, a writing lab and the new nursing lab.

Additional improvements have been made to the admission and financial aid operations.  The more aggressive approach to enrollment management enabled the College to show growth during the first year of implementation.

  • Admission Applications have increased by 33%.
  • The number of students living in the residence halls has increased by 20%.
  • Total enrollment is up by 6% compared to last year.

Clinton College continues to change and evolve to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.

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