Summer Term Boasts Record Enrollment

Posted: June 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Enrollment for the summer term at George Mason is currently more than 11,000 students–the highest in the university’s history–and still growing. With the theme of “Catch Up, Make Up, Get Ahead,” the summer session is offering creative scheduling designed to meet the needs of today’s busy students.

“Our 9:30 a.m. classes and our evening classes, the majority of which have weekend meetings, are our most popular,” says Renate Guilford, director of the summer term. “This type of scheduling allows students to work and take classes.”

Guilford notes that the highest demand for summer courses is in general education requirements such as history and English, as well as popular disciplines, including communication and information technology. In addition, Cathy Evans, assistant director of the summer term, attributes the high enrollment figures to proactive deans and chairs. “They manage enrollment by staying abreast of waitlists and opening new sections where demand is high. Their timely actions enable us to provide more of the courses students need when they need them.”

At the same time, Guilford sees the summer term as a testing ground for new courses. “Faculty can create new, innovative courses and try them out over the summer,” she says. “For example, this year’s ethics courses are receiving overwhelming demand.”

For more information, contact Guilford or Evans at (703) 993-2300 or visit the summer term web site.

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