As it becomes harder and harder for students to get the classes they want during the school year, summer enrollment is increasing at schools all over the country.
Schools like Kent State, New York University, Southern Oregon University, UC Berkeley, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have all stated that rates of summer enrollment have increased measurably this year.
Kent State summer enrollment has increased a whopping 46.9%, according to Business Journal Daily. Similarly, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has experienced a 26% increase in summer enrollments. Southern Oregon University is also experiencing an increase in summer enrollment by 23%, mostly due to more classes being added. UC Berkeley has had such an increase in summer enrollment that administrators are worrying about student being able to find living space! The University of Nebraska- Lincoln stated that their goal for the summer session was for the same number of students to enroll as last year, but that far more students ended up enrolling.
Increased summer enrollment can lead to more classes being offered, a larger variety of people to meet, more conveniently timed classes, and greater ability to finish a degree early, especially for non-traditional or continuing education students. People who take summer classes may be able to get in to classes they can’t normally get in to, or can take a class solely because it’s interesting to them, according to the Brown University undergrad summer courses webpage.