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UC enrollment is at a 30-year high

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The University of Charleston announced Thursday its highest enrollment in 30 years, with 1,884 students currently attending.

With the recent addition of campuses in Beckley, Martinsburg and online, UC has more than 1,660 full-time students -- the second-highest full-time enrollment in the university's 125-year history.

UC took over Mountain State University's operations after the Higher Learning Commission revoked MSU's accreditation for a series of leadership and program oversight problems.

UC has more than 1,300 students taking courses in Charleston and 517 taking courses in its regional network at UC-Beckley, UC-Martinsburg and the web-based UC-Net.

"We are extremely pleased with the growth in enrollment brought on by our recent expansion," UC President Ed Welch said in a release. "Our focus now is to build on this base to serve additional students at each of our locations. We want to assure that each student experiences the high-quality courses and programs that have garnered the University a national reputation for preparing graduates to be successful in their jobs and leaders in their communities."

UC-Net, the university's online service, is currently accepting applications for courses beginning March 11. Students will be able to start four bachelor's degrees (accounting, business administration, organizational leadership and psychology) and two master's programs (forensic accounting and strategic leadership).

Students with UC-Net will also be able to take prerequisite courses for health science programs such as radiologic science, occupational therapy assistant and diagnostic medical sonography.Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.


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