EC’s fall 2018 student enrollment declined 1.6 percent from fall 2017, according to the fall 2018 tenth day numbers. The enrollment is down by 55 students in the overall student population.
In the breakdown of the overall student enrollment, returning students have decreased by 1.7 percent—down by about 31 students.
Another notable decline is with the transfer students category, which have also seen a decrease by 8.1 percent.
According to the fall 2018 tenth day report emailed to all department heads by vice president of Admissions Timothy H. Ricordati, this year had the highest percentage of melt at 22 percent.
Melt is a college admissions term describing the common phenomenon of students “melting” away during the summer after they have been accepted and shown intent to attend the school, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
In his report, Ricordati stated a major reason for this melt was the lack of courses available during August that fit the needs of transfer students.
While the overall student enrollment is slightly down, first year enrollment has increased from fall 2017 to fall 2018 by 33 students. This makes it the largest class in the history of the college with 530 students.
“We did anticipate that we would be down on some students because we had such a large graduating class last year,” said President Troy VanAken on overall student enrollment decline.