Thanks to a third consecutive year of enrollment growth – including an 8 percent jump this fall – it truly is an exciting time at Lewis-Clark State College. Over the past 10 years LCSC has seen its headcount grow by 23 percent and judging by our recent surge it looks like we’re gaining even more steam.
Lewis-Clark State’s enrollment growth continues to be broadly spread as we had a 13 percent increase in Idaho students coming directly from high school and a 7 percent increase in transfer students. At the division level, the Humanities, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Technical & Industrial divisions saw the greatest increases.
The influx of students enrolling at LCSC straight out of high school comes on the heels of a 5 percent increase last fall, and plays a large role in the college’s 3.4 percent rise in full-time enrollment. In addition, more students from both inside and outside the state are making LCSC their top choice. Idaho resident enrollment is up by 9 percent while out-of-state enrollment has increased 5 percent.
And while many schools report that a third of their student body is composed of first-generation college students, I’m proud to report that 68 percent of our students are first-generation. But this isn’t anything new for us (we were at 69 percent last year) as we’ve always done our best to reach this important demographic and make college a viable option for everyone.
Above all, the significant increase in enrollment confirms that word is spreading about the high quality programs available at Lewis-Clark State College. Our efforts to put students first, meet them where they are, and deliver quality programs at an affordable price continue to pay dividends. Growing enrollment truly is a team effort and I thank our hardworking faculty and staff as well as our many alumni and supporters for continuing to go above and beyond to serve students. I also thank the State Board of Education for its continued support.
Most importantly, I thank the thousands of students who have made or are in the process of making LCSC their top choice. It’s College Application Week in Idaho and I encourage students (and hope you will too) to visit www.lcsc.edu/apply and submit a free application for admission. And thanks to federal changes, students and parents can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) right now using last year’s taxes so there’s no reason to wait. I hope many will take advantage of this opportunity. Questions about LCSC’s application form or the admissions process can be directed to our Admissions Office.
Lewis-Clark State College’s head count now stands at 3,924, up 291 students from last fall’s total of 3,633. The mark is the second highest in school history, falling just 75 students shy of the record 3,999 set in 2011. With your continued support, we’ll look to break the record next fall and the timing couldn’t be more fitting as LCSC will officially celebrate its 125th anniversary that academic year on Jan. 27, 2018.
What a wonderful history and future our institution has and I thank you all for being a part of it.
J. Anthony Fernandez