For the second year in a row, Culver-Stockton College is preparing for an incoming class with more than 300 students. Last year’s incoming class marked a six-year enrollment high, and this year’s class is expected to continue the trend. Total enrollment at Culver-Stockton is projected to be more than 850 students, which is more than a 10 percent increase from last year.
The new class brings an increase in international students, as well as students from Missouri, Illinois and California. There was also a high draw with students interested in fine arts. The incoming class is a high-performing class, with the average ACT score being above the national average.
Recently Culver-Stockton has created a larger global presence which is seen in the increases in number of countries represented at C-SC, which has doubled from the 2012-2013 school year. International students this year come from countries like the Netherlands, Argentina, Liberia and Australia. Growing the diversity at Culver-Stockton was a focus, because officials feel a diverse student body adds depth to an already rich learning experience.
Local students also saw the appeal of Culver-Stockton with the largest draw of students enrolling from the Mid-Missouri area. There was also a slight increase in students from rural West Central Illinois. In addition, there are 37 legacies in this class, meaning the incoming student had a parent, sibling or grandparent attend Culver-Stockton.
Another change Culver-Stockton saw in this class from years past is the number of students declaring a major upon matriculation. In last year’s class, the largest group of students was undecided in major. The new students’ top five majors for this incoming class include criminal justice, business, education, nursing and psychology. The increase in students declaring a major early may be attributed to the recently implemented 4-Year Graduation Guarantee. With this guarantee, if students declare their major within a set time frame and follow all regulations of the guarantee, Culver-Stockton waives tuition costs associated with semesters past four years of study.
The incoming students move in Friday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., and classes officially begin Monday, Aug. 26.