PSC Welcomes Largest First-Time Freshman Class in College's History

As Potomac State College of West Virginia University kicked off its fall 2011 semester on Monday, Aug. 22, it was pleased to welcome a record-breaking first-time, freshman class of 752 students to campus. As compared to last year’s opening day, this equates to a 2.17 percent increase.

Overall enrollment was at 1,815 students, the second highest total in the College’s history.

According to Beth Little, Director of Enrollment Services, Potomac State’s first-time, freshman total is strong when compared to other four-year institutions across the state. “According to fall 2010 data, the most recent data from the HEPC [Higher Education Policy Commission], Potomac State had more first-time freshmen than every other four-year college in the state system other than West Virginia University, Marshall University, Fairmont State University, and Shepherd University. That places Potomac State fifth out of 11 institutions,” cited Little.

She attributes the College’s healthy enrollment to the fact that students and parents have come to realize Potomac State provides an exceptional education at an affordable cost.  

Douglas Wilmes, the College’s Dean for Curriculum and Instruction, reported that as of the first day of classes more than 40 percent of the courses were filled.  

Bill Letrent, Dean of Student Affairs, reported that occupancy in the residence halls is at capacity. “This past summer, the College took steps to improve the quality and availability of on-campus housing. These improvements have been well received by students and parents alike,” said Dean Letrent.  

“We are thrilled that students and parents continue to choose Potomac State and we will make every effort, as we have in the past, to provide an excellent college experience for them,” said Campus Provost Kerry Odell.  

Additional data will be available later this fall when official enrollment totals will be compiled for reports to the HEPC.