July 10, 2013
Enrollment in 2012-13 Sets Record for Summer, Fall Semesters
Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College welcomed 7,876 students in credit classes during the 2012-13 academic year and set enrollment records for the summer and fall 2012 semesters.
The College was one of three among the 23 community colleges in Virginia to experience an enrollment increase for the summer 2012 semester with a record-breaking 2,192 students taking credit classes, up 2.9 percent over the previous summer. For the fall 2012 semester, 5,693 students completed credit classes, up 0.2 percent and the highest yet for a fall semester at PVCC. Enrollment in the spring 2013 semester declined 3.6 percent, the first drop for that semester since spring 2006.
The top 10 choices for credit classes were English, biology, math, history, information technology essentials, nursing, psychology, student development (orientation), natural science, art and accounting. The number of students enrolled exclusively in online credit classes increased by 23.2 percent.
PVCC's overall enrollment in credit classes during the 2012-13 academic year was nearly equivalent to the previous year, reflecting a "plateau effect" that the majority of community colleges statewide and throughout the U.S. are seeing. During the beginning and peak years of recessionary periods, community college enrollment historically surges, as it did at PVCC between 2007 and 2012 when enrollment jumped 20 percent in five years. As the economy recovers, predictably enrollment begins to level or even decline at community colleges, forcing those institutions to adjust to a corresponding reduction in revenues generated from tuition and fees.
Currently, open enrollment for PVCC's fall 2013 semester is under way. Classes begin Aug. 26 for the 16-week session and first 8-week session of classes. Additional sessions begin in September and October. See the complete list of classes at www.pvcc.edu. Register early for the best selection.