With SIUE enjoying its largest ever enrollment, it is no surprise that the College of Arts and Sciences is also experiencing growth in many of its programs. The College-which was formed in 1996 when the Schools of Fine Arts and Communications, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences merged into one academic unit-accounts for 60 percent of SIUE's current undergraduate enrollment.
"Due to the diversity of the programs offered through CAS, it is more likely that its steady overall growth will mirror enrollment trends at the University," said Scott Belobrajdic, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. "Since 1994, enrollment at SIUE has been on a steady incline. Graduate and undergraduate enrollments have both increased over this time and both have contributed to overall growth of the University.
"If we look at the last 10 years the total headcount has increased by 17 percent and the full-time equivalency has increased by 29 percent. The introduction of residence halls has made us more accessible for residential students from outside the region, and that has helped to increase the number of full-time enrollees."
Fall 2009 enrollment at SIUE registered 13,940 students, with more than 14,000 anticipated for the Fall 2010 semester. These figures reflect increases across the board, Belobrajdic said. "I took a look at the 10-year history by program of study and saw examples of growth in nearly every field of study," he said. "We have seen significant increases in English, history and geography."
Belobrajdic does not see any end in the near future for increased enrollment in SIUE or CAS. "Interest in SIUE should continue to grow, and a huge percentage of those new students will always arrive on campus undecided," he said. "Within that undecided population, almost every program in CAS can compete for the talent they want and need in their program."
Read more about the programs with current robust student enrollments and some of the reasons for that growth.