January 01, 2012
Lake Erie College Experiences Positive Trends in Student Demographics
Lake Erie College continues to prosper and grow on many fronts since the inauguration of President Michael Victor in 2006. Improved trends in admissions selectivity, international students, residency, new majors and programs for traditional and non-traditional students and veterans have contributed to the success of the College.
Reflecting more selectivity in admissions for fall 2011, total enrollment has reached approximately 1,200 students. Specifically, the 2011 freshman class holds an average GPA of 3.1, the highest in recent College history. Lake Erie College has also witnessed a spike in national and international presence, with students representing 20 different states and six countries located in Europe, South America and Africa.
"Lake Erie College continues to find academically talented and well-rounded students who will excel in our top majors including business (with a new concentration in forensic accounting) and science (with concentrations in pre-medicine, nursing and pre-veterinary), just to name a few,” said President Michael T. Victor.
Since 2006, the College has realized a dramatic shift in students requesting on-campus or near-campus housing. This is mostly due to the significant increase in the undergraduate population. Currently, 83% of freshmen students are considered residential.
Accounting, one of the 37 majors Lake Erie College offers, includes a new concentration in forensic accounting. This concentration has allowed the integration of accounting, auditing and investigative skills. It has become a growing area of specialization for professional accountants and other professionals in related fields such as law, criminology and other forensic sciences.
Lake Erie College offers unique programs such as the Adult Degree Completion Program that is designed for those adults who have not yet completed their degree. This program allows students to complete their degree on their own time and meet their career goals and aspirations. In addition, the Parker MBA program empowers individuals to expand their education and take on greater challenges in the workplace.
"Continuing education has become the key motivation for our adult students. Through our excellent Parker MBA program and the future development of the master of science in physician assistant program, Lake Erie College has developed numerous options for those looking to either complete a degree or achieve a master’s degree,” said President Victor.
Lake Erie College continues to be one of the few area colleges that places a strong emphasis on supporting veterans and their families. Through a "one-stop shop” enrollment process, the Veteran Education and Transition Support (V.E.T.S.) program at the College provides for those veterans who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. V.E.T.S. works as a liaison between military life and the college experience. Currently, the College has 40 students enrolled in the program.