July 6th, 2021
Garrett College summer enrollment up nearly 6%
Credit-hour total is third-highest in GC history for a summer session
Garrett College reported a 5.94% increase in credit hours for the summer 2021 semester, with the third-highest total of summer credit hours (571) in school history.
GC enrolled 124 students – also the third-highest total for a summer semester. That represents a 4.2% increase over summer 2020 headcount.
Kim DeGiovanni, GC's associate dean of student affairs, said the College's "Semester of Savings" initiative played a key role in the enrollment increase.
"We know the pandemic caused significant disruptions, including financial challenges, for our students," said DeGiovanni. "We were able to help students utilize financial aid assistance, made possible through a variety of funding sources, to use the summer to get ahead on coursework with eligible students paying zero out-of-pocket tuition."
Continued strong enrollment from high school dual-enrolled students also boosted summer numbers. A total of 23 high school students enrolled in GC courses this summer, marking the third straight year of 20-plus high school students registering for the College's summer session. Prior to 2019, the College never had more than four high school students attending the summer semester.
"We're happy to see so many high school students using the summer to start or add to the number of college courses they have taken," said Melissa Wass, GC's director of admissions. "These students are accelerating their path to a college degree without accumulating college debt."
Wass credited "the collaborative work between the College and Garrett County Public Schools over the last several years" with the dramatic increase in high school dual-enrolled students.
The college is currently registering students for the fall 2021 semester. Dean of Student Affairs JR Kerns said GC expects a return to normal college operations after the pandemic dramatically limited in-person classes during the 2020-2021 academic year.
"We anticipate face-to-face classes as well as student athletics and activities returning to pre-pandemic levels," said Kerns. "We will still be encouraging students and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as well as continuing sound health practices."
GC's fall semester begins September 8.