The Ohio State University at Newark Enrollment Increases 3.4 Percent
NEWARK, OH, Oct. 3, 2017 — For the fourth consecutive year, enrollment is on the rise at The Ohio State University at Newark. With 2,623 students enrolled this autumn semester, that represents a 3.4 percent increase over last year and the second highest enrollment in Ohio State Newark’s history.
“We have a beautiful campus and have taken great strides to improve our facilities such as the renovation of Adena Hall and the development of a new residence hall. These improvements have enhanced the student experience on campus, and I believe prospective students and their parents are taking note,” said Director of Enrollment Diane Kanney. “We are just like any other small, liberal arts college in the area at a portion of the cost and with access to the opportunities of a major research institution.”
In 2017 both the Adena Recreation Center and the Jane C. and William T. McConnell Residence Hall opened. The 10,00-square-foot renovation of Adena Hall made way for a fitness facility with all new equipment and a virtual class system available for free to students. McConnell Hall opened up 120 more beds, making the campus accessible to students across Ohio.
Kanney also cited the importance of the campus visit in a student’s decision making process and the improvements to the visit that have been made in recent years as a contributing factor for continued increases in enrollment. By listening to feedback from students and their parents, the Office of Admissions has added information on campus housing, meal plan options, scholarships and other opportunities for involvement on campus to its Buckeye Visit Day program. Additionally, a virtual tour was launched last year to reach students unable to see the campus in person.
“Our admissions team works extremely hard to connect with prospective students and to be a resource for them as they consider applying to or enrolling at Ohio State Newark,” said Kanney. “We work diligently to share the success stories of our students and faculty so that prospective students gather a strong and positive impression of our campus community and can see themselves here.”
Seeing themselves here is easy. Ohio State Newark is the most diverse of all Ohio State campuses. Minority students make up nearly 27 percent of the student body, exceeding the university-wide percentage of 19.7 and even the Columbus campus percentage of 19.8. Part of the reason for the diversity is where students are coming from. This is the fifth year that more students are attending from Franklin County than from Licking County.
“Students have a level of comfort with our campus as soon as they set foot here,” said Kanney. “I also believe that our outreach and strong connections to the Columbus city schools allows us to be on the college list of many students who want to remain local and have access to an affordable education. The students get all that and more on our campus.”
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s 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.
Photo caption: Students gather on the campus lawn during Welcome Week in August 2017.