School starts next week at Mesa State College, and school officials say this year, they’re expecting record enrollment.
But regardless of the double-digit percentage increase in enrollment this year, college officials say they are prepared for the influx, and already looking toward the future.
Vice President of Student Affairs John Marshall says the school is expanding daily with new construction projects currently underway, “we've definitely increased our overall footage on campus, more square footage will come on line in the next twelve months, and that's going to help us accommodate a lot of this growth".
Marshall says the college has also stepped up educational accommodations with new facilities, classrooms, and lecture halls.
Marshall also says the school is keeping faculty to student ratios down, by hiring new staff and increasing course and credit offerings, including classes online.
Mesa State College President Tim Foster says in the past four years, the number of students living on–campus has nearly doubled; an advantage for the school and the students, “it is a proven reality in higher education that students who live on campus tend to retain and graduate at a higher rate".
School officials say although tuition will be going up this fall, they've done their best to limit increases on other school services, like meal plans and parking passes.