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Enrollment jumps nearly 60% at Chatfield College

June 4th, 2010

Chatfield College in St. Martin and Cincinnati, OH reports a summer term enrollment gain of nearly 60% over last year.

This percentage surpasses the steady growth seen at colleges and universities throughout the United States, particularly in two-year schools, over the past two years.  On average, community colleges, trade schools, and other two year schools have seen anywhere from a 25 to 30 percent increase in enrollment over the previous year, as the unstable US economy drives students to either prepare for new jobs, or upgrade their skills.

“Like other schools in our area and across the nation, Chatfield has seen an increase in enrollment due to the tough economic times,” said Curt Cotter, Director of Admissions, “but many people are also choosing Chatfield because of the added benefit of a liberal arts education.  They aren't just looking to learn a specific skill that will hopefully get them a job.  They want an education that includes values and ethics, and encourages a culture of life-long learning.”  

Another benefit, says Cotter, is that Chatfield's accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission allows for easier transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. 

“There's a large population out there who may want to go to a four-year college, but either can't afford it right now, or may not qualify because many four-year institutions limit enrollment,” said Cotter.  “Attending Chatfield enables them to earn their general education credits or their Associate Degree here, and then transfer most or all of their credits to an accredited four-year college or university.”

Cotter adds that Fall enrollment numbers are expected to show similar growth, and says that classes are filling quickly.  “We expect to have to add more sections of some classes, so we are gearing up by recruiting additional faculty for the fall semester ,” he said.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin and Cincinnati.  Chatfield is an open enrollment college and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.  The St. Martin campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH  45118.   The Cincinnati location is at 1800 Logan Street; Cincinnati, OH  45202.  For more information, visit the website at www.chatfield.edu, call 513-875-3344, 513-921-9856, or emailadmissions@chatfield.edu.

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