Galveston College recorded a 6% increase in student enrollment for the 2016 fall semester as of the twelfth class day. The 2016 fall semester had 2,258 students registered as of the census date on Wednesday September 14. This compared to 2,119 students that enrolled in the previous fall semester of 2015.
The increase comes at a time when the college is entering the semester that marks the celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary. The college began in the fall semester of 1967 with an enrollment of just 703 students before the age of computers, laptops, cell phones and texting.
Galveston College experienced growth this semester in online classes, dual credit classes, and expanded programs. Online classes include Accounting, Biology, Communication, Computer Science, Education, College Algebra, Federal Government, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Administration, United States History, Art Appreciation and Physics among others. Dual Credit classes are college level courses offered to high school students that can use the course credits to pursue a certificate or Associate’s degree at Galveston College or transfer to four year colleges and universities. Welding and cosmetology classes that have expanded to day and evening courses have allowed increases in student enrollments and in welding classes alone 108 high school students enrolled through the dual credit program in the 2016 fall semester.