FORT MYERS, Fla. – The spring semester at Edison State College began Monday with 16,972 students enrolled throughout its five county district. While it signifies a modest 2 percent decrease from last spring, Edison’s online enrollment is up 22 percent.
“The continued online growth reflects the realities of our economic state. People are juggling work with home and they’re looking for an alternative method to complete their education,” said acting District President Dr. Patricia Land. “What’s important is that Edison State continues to improve our retention rate, as our primary focus remains ensuring our students graduate with the tools necessary to join the workforce as highly-productive citizens within our communities.”
The number of continuing students increased nearly 4 percent at 14,637, while the full-time enrollment climbed half a percentage point district wide. Aside from online, only Edison’s Collier Campus saw an overall enrollment growth, up 2 percent with 2,991 students.
“What these figures tell us is that the exponential growth that typically comes with a period of economic duress is beginning to level out,” Dr. Land said. “I think you’ll find Edison State to be like most higher education institutions throughout the country in that regard.”
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Celebrating nearly 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and most affordable institution of higher education. Proud to be tobacco-free, Edison State serves more than 26,000 students per year in five counties and online. For more information please visit www.edison.edu.