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MC Summer Enrollment Rises

June 29, 2009

Just like the temperatures lately, summer enrollment is rising at Mississippi College.

New reports from the registrar's office spotlight the trend. For the first month-long period that ends in late June, there were 1,807 students enrolled at MC. That compares with 1,655 students taking classes for the same four-week semester a year ago. Do the math and that represents an increase of 152 students compared to last year's figure.

Nationally, reports show there are a growing number of students going back to college to earn degrees to retool their careers in light of America's recession.

Jim Turcotte, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, says he believes the numbers are up, in part, due to stepped up advertising for MC's Accelerated Degree Program. With more than 400 students, ADP makes it easier for working adults to earn degrees by taking classes two nights a week.

Led by director Bebe Garrison, ADP enrolls students in business administration, accounting, marketing, public relations and sociology.

Also part of the registrar's report dated May 27, students for the first month of summer school were taking 10,775 academic hours compared to 10,221 a year ago. Reports on enrollment for the second four-week summer period are not available at this time.

MC's Clinton campus stays busy all summer. About 10,000 campers are signed up for Bible study, sports activities, music, and much more on the Clinton campus. The summer camps end in late July.

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