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Applicant Count Jumps
LEWISTON - As administrators struggle with shrinking
budgets, the number of students applying for entry to Lewis-Clark State’s
fall and summer 2002 sessions continues to climb.
Numbers released this month show the number of applicants is up in almost
all areas tracked by the admissions office. Total applicant numbers are up
14% from 2001 with the number of degree seekers in the total student
population also increasing by 14%. Non-degree seekers jumped by 70%,
although this big percentage represents a smaller number of students (most
of the student population is degree-seeking).
Another bright spot for LC is the high number of international student
applicants showing up in the 2002 pool. The number of international
applicants is approaching 10% of the total applicant pool—a more-than-200%
increase over last year’s numbers.
The college’s international student services office has worked hard to
recruit students from other cultural backgrounds and help them succeed in
their studies. LCSC has a history of celebrating diversity with a number of
on-campus events each year and this, along with LC’s smaller, friendly
campus, rural setting and dedicated faculty has made it a popular choice for
internationals seeking educational opportunities. (Related stories:
Other categories showing notable increases include the college’s technical
programs: The number of applicants for technical, industrial, office and
business technology divisions is up 43%. The number of non-residents
applying is also up 32% over last year.
While applying doesn’t guarantee acceptance—students must meet certain
requirements to be admitted—the higher numbers are good news on the heels of
budget shortfalls, and are another indicator of LCSC’s growing popularity
among value-conscious students.