Students and parents work on financial aid applications at College Goal Sunday.

Students and parents work on financial aid applications at College Goal Sunday.

BGSU Firelands sets enrollment record

BGSU Firelands reached a new milestone with a spring 2009 enrollment of 2,405, the largest headcount in the college’s history. This semester’s enrollment surpassed the previous record of 2,354, which was set last fall.

The college enrolled 431 more students this semester than the spring 2008 total of 1,974, an increase of 21.8 percent. The campus experienced growth in freshmen (8.9 percent), sophomores (14.6 percent), seniors (8.9 percent), undergraduate nondegree (77.6 percent) and master’s degree (183.3 percent) students.

Firelands student credit hours increased by 13.1 percent. This spring, student credit hours grew to 22,363, in comparison to 19,773 in spring 2008.
“We are delighted with the growth, particularly the numbers of new freshmen and undergraduate nondegree students who have chosen BGSU Firelands this spring as their college,” said Interim Dean James M. Smith. “Special initiatives like the dual enrollment grant, expanded Saturday offerings and classes at Norwalk High School are helping us to provide affordable access to a quality BGSU education for more and more students in our area.

“As Ohio seeks to increase the numbers attending college, the regional campuses are playing a central role in driving enrollment growth across the state.”

To help more students and their families prepare for college, Firelands holds outreach events such as the Feb. 8 “College Goal Sunday.” This free, statewide financial aid workshop, presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), required to receive federal financial aid. 

One of 40 sites in the state to host the workshops, Firelands welcomed 224 visitors that day.

February 16, 2009