Potomac State Settles Into Fall Semester With Increase in First-time, Full-time Freshmen

As students, faculty and staff at Potomac State College of West Virginia University settle into the fall semester, so, too, the College’s enrollment figures are settling into place. This year, total enrollment is currently at 1,541 students; however, this number won’t be official until the end of October when data is submitted to the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). The College is experiencing a 4 percent increase in first-time, full-time freshmen and an increase of in-state students.

“Potomac State College continues to be a great value for our in-state students,” said Beth Little, Director of Enrollment Services. “Again, we have the lowest undergraduate tuition and fees of any four-year institution in the state according to the HEPC’s 2013 Report Card.”

The College also ranks well nationally as one of the most affordable institutions in the country according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Lists.

In regards to housing, the residence halls are close to capacity with 661 students according to Carol Combs, Director of Auxiliary Services.

“Our team has been working hard to counter double barreled enrollment and state funding losses through various recruitment and retention initiatives across campus,” said Campus President Leonard Colelli, Ph.D.

Earlier this year, the College opened a newly renovated Academic Success Center, offering free tutoring and effective studying, note taking and testing skills, on the ground floor of the Mary F. Shipper Library.

This fall, the College introduced three new associate degree programs to its schedule including Criminology, Communication Studies and Pre-Forensic and Investigative Science. The courses for these majors are the same as the courses taught the first two years in Morgantown.

Also, the College welcomed men’s and women’s cross country and lacrosse teams to its athletic program. Additionally, the College transformed Stayman Field by installing artificial turf and lights for the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams and it’s intramural program.

“We will continue initiatives that have historically helped our students succeed: personal attention, small class sizes, nurturing atmosphere, effective teaching, accessible faculty, and affordable costs,” said Dr. Colelli. “We’re also hard at work revising applied associate degrees and developing a number of new applied baccalaureate degrees.”