Ohio State Newark Achieves Record Enrollment
More students are choosing The Ohio State University at Newark for their education than ever before. Enrollment for autumn semester 2019 has reached a record-breaking 2,943 students, an increase of 2.1% from last year. With more students comes a more diverse population — minority students now account for 30.8% of all students, and non-degree seeking students, which includes high school students participating in College Credit Plus, rose 40%. In total, students represent 74 Ohio counties.
“The increase in enrollment is due primarily to two factors: an increase in the number of continuing students who have decided to remain at Ohio State Newark this semester (rather than transition to the Columbus campus) as well as an increase in the number of College Credit Plus students,” explained Diane Kanney, director of enrollment at Ohio State Newark.
“Not only is this a reflection of the strength of Ohio State as a leading higher education institution, it is also related to the positive experience that so many Ohio students are having on our campus, in our classrooms and residence halls, and as they interact with members of our community.”
Success and growth at Ohio State Newark, as evidenced by the six-year trend in rising enrollment, and the co-located Central Ohio Technical College have pushed the 200-acre Newark campus to near capacity. Construction began in August on the 11th building, the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology, which is anticipated to open in 2021. The 60,000 square foot Alford Center will allow for increased enrollment as well as expand academic programming, enhance student success and better meet local workforce needs.
“Our campus community is an extension of the Columbus campus, and students appreciate the access we provide as well as our beautiful and convenient campus. Ohio State Newark offers the beginning toward an Ohio State degree, and completion of some, with all the opportunities that students are so eager to take advantage of: education abroad and research, developing one-on-one relationships with faculty, participating in student events and organizations, and so much more – like discounted Buckeye football tickets,” said Kanney. “There is a strong desire for many Ohio students to be Buckeyes, and we are their key to doing so!”
Photo: New first year students participate in the bridge walk, an annual tradition held during Convocation.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.