Summer Session Enrollments in 2017 – a Mixed Bag of Outcomes

After showing an increase in enrollment in summer 2016 (for the first time since 2010), enrollments dropped off a bit last summer. The total number of student credit hours last summer was 5,832 – a 2.5% decrease when compared to summer 2016. The unduplicated headcount (total number of students attending) was 1,085, a 5% decrease from summer 2016.

The following snapshot of summer session enrollment patterns over the last four years puts last summer’s performance into a clearer perspective:

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Credit Hours Enrolled 6,906 6,151 5,785 5,981 5,832
Out of State Credits 534 465 319 370 343
Headcount Enrollment (unduplicated) 1,247 1,176 1,071 1,141 1,085


If you wondered what the “mixed” part of the results is, it’s that total revenue produced showed some growth over the previous summer. The small decline in overall enrollments was “covered” by the increase in tuition and fee rates that applied in summer session 2017.

The $2,102,362 in revenue generated was $15,289 ahead of the prior summer. After expenses were deducted, $1,115,129 was the net income resulting from the summer session. This amount is higher than the total generated from summer session 2016. Summer session revenues provide support for ongoing operations at the University; summer revenue is not just applied toward the costs of running the summer session.

Our story is hardly unique. Messages posted on the North American Association of Summer Sessions “message board” showed that many of the universities responding experienced flat or declining summer session enrollments. The few who reported increases said that it was mostly coming from online courses. Numerous reports have commented on the decline in college enrollments overall, so it comes as no surprise to see summer enrollments experiencing the same.




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