Purdue North Central opened its spring semester with 5,841 students, an increase of six percent over the 5,498 students, who were enrolled in spring 2015. These students are taking 49,746 credit hours, an increase of about 2.7 percent over spring, 2015.
“I welcome all of our spring semester students,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “I am happy to see that 85 percent of our fall semester students have returned to class and are continuing to work toward earning their Purdue degrees. The PNC students who will graduate in May will make history as the first to graduate on campus in our Student Services and Activities Complex.”
PNC continues to see an increase in the percentage of students who persist in enrolling from semester to semester. This helps to keep students on track to graduate in a timely fashion.
In addition, close to 71 percent of the core PNC undergraduate students are attending school full time, taking 12 or more credit hours. About 46 percent are taking more than 12 credit hours and enjoying the benefits of a 10 percent tuition reduction that is applied to credit hours a student takes beyond 12 hours per semester. This discount plan provides financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester to keep them on a path to graduate in four years. During fall semester, students saved a collective $100,000 through the tuition discount program.
The PNC spring enrollment includes 2,850 core undergraduate students, 100 graduate students and 2,891 students in the Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit program. The graduate student population includes 36 students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 64 non-degree-seeking graduate students.
The Concurrent Enrollment program, which allows high-achieving high school students the opportunity to earn PNC credits while in high school, continues to be an extremely popular option for students. This spring students are enrolled in 15,282 credit hours.
The program is offered in more than 40 high schools in Porter, LaPorte, Lake, Starke and other Northwest Indiana counties. These students enter college with the credit hours that they earned in high school and have a head start on their college education. Generally, these students will be able to graduate sooner and accumulate less debt.
More information about becoming a student at PNC can be obtained by visiting the campus Web site at www.pnc.edu or by calling 219-785-5505.