Enrollment spikes this fall

LeMoyne-Owen College’s administration, board, faculty, staff, and students celebrated increased enrollment, with 1,060 full-time student equivalents (FTE’s) this fall. The full time amount of students during the 2010 spring was 878.

The surge of new students stems from both traditional and non-traditional students, said Samuel L. King, Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Staff and faculty worked diligently and effectively in their recruiting efforts this fall, he said.

“Everybody asks how we increased our numbers, nobody can do it how we do it. We offer personal attention and attention to detail,” said King.  Commercial, print ads, billboards, radio ads, and segments on WREG-TV3 and WMC-TV5, contributed to massive exposure to potential students, he said.

Public Information Officer for LOC, Elaine Sanford was the dominant force behind all media advertisements for the school.

King and his staff visited high school senior sessions, college fairs and community events, etc. Along with other recruitment initiatives, enrollment skyrocketed and may go even higher next semester, King said.

Recruitment is also being expanded to attract more Hispanics to enroll.

“This is positive growth,” said June Chinn- Jointer, Executive Director of Enrollment of Management. For every student that stays in the dormitory, means more money for the college. “We’ll celebrate 150 years in two years and we look forward to seeing it even larger by then.”

Housing has been affected by the mass increase of new students. Several offices have been conformed to dorms and their offices were moved to the GOH building.

Parking is still difficult even with an expansion of the campus parking lot. There are long lines of cars along Walker Avenue and in the College Park Apartment.

“We have purchased all of the property right next to the campus, which will be torn down for more parking,” President Johnnie B. Watson said.

Some students are still on the waiting list to get a dorm on campus. New dorms are said to be built before the end of 2011 on Neptune that will house 360 beds, he said.