The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 1, 2013

UC announces largest enrollment since 1983

The University of Charleston announced Thursday that it reached its largest total enrollment in 30 years and the second largest full-time enrollment in the university’s history.

UC President Ed Welch said the three new locations that opened in January helped the university reach a total enrollment of 1,884 and a full-time enrollment for Spring 2013 of 1,669.

“We are extremely pleased with the growth in enrollment brought on by our recent expansion,” Welch said.

“Our focus now is to build on this base to serve additional students at each of our locations. We want to assure that each student experiences the high-quality courses and programs that have garnered the university a national reputation for preparing graduates to be successful in their jobs and leaders in their communities.”

UC’s full-time enrollment surpasses 1972’s mark of 1,567 as the second largest on record. Currently, UC has 1,367 students taking courses in Charleston and 517 taking courses in its regional network at UC-Beckley, UC-Martinsburg and UC-Net (online).

UC-Net is currently accepting applications for courses beginning March 11. Four bachelor’s programs will be available: accounting, business administration, organizational leadership and psychology. Two master’s programs will be available also, forensic accounting and strategic leadership.

Pre-requisite courses for health science programs like radiologic science, occupational therapy assistant and diagnostic medical sonography will also be available online.

The 2012-2013 academic year marks UC’s 125th anniversary as an academic institution. UC was founded in 1888 as Barboursville Seminary, renamed Morris Harvey College in 1901, moved to Charleston in 1935 and was renamed the University of Charleston in 1978.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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