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Impressive Numbers
Owens Community College Ranks First in Enrollment
Among Northwest Ohio Colleges and Universities

Total Number of Freshmen and Sophomore Students attending public colleges and universities in the state of Ohio during the Fall Semester 2001:

Ohio Public Institutions
1. Cuyahoga Community College 24,099
2. Sinclair Community College 22,336
3. Ohio State University 20,618
4. Owens Community College 16,799
5. Kent State University 16,777
6. Columbus State Community College 16,081
7. University of Cincinnati 15,881
8. University of Akron 12,580
9. Ohio University 12,532
10. Miami University 10,412
11. University of Toledo 9,344
12. Bowling Green State University 9,188
13. Lorain County Community College 7,371
14. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 7,296
15. Youngstown State University 6,651
16. Wright State University 6,171
17. Lakeland Community College 5,348
18. Hocking College 5,295
19. Stark State College of Technology 4,821
20. Cleveland State University 4,269
* Source: Ohio Board of Regents

Continuing to surpass record-breaking enrollment figures, Owens Community College now ranks as the leader in the number of freshmen and sophomore students enrolled in the College among all Northwest Ohio public colleges and universities, according to a recent study by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Owens Community College - the fastest-growing community college of its size in the United States - enrolled 16,799 freshmen and sophomore students during the Fall Semester 2001 on the College's Toledo-area and Findlay Campuses.

In comparison, the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University enrolled a total of 9,344 and 9,188 freshmen and sophomores during this past Fall Semester, respectively, ranking second and third among colleges and universities in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College ranks fourth among all public colleges and universities in the state of Ohio.

"Receiving the distinguished number one ranking for enrollment of freshmen and sophomore students among all colleges and universities in Northwest Ohio is quite an honor for Owens Community College," said Dr. Paul Unger, Owens Vice President of Academic Services. "The phenomenal enrollment growth is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the College's faculty and staff ensuring that each student receives a high quality education."

"Owens Community College is currently up 17 percent for the Fall Semester," Unger said. "Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, the College also has recorded 22 consecutive semesters of headcount increases."

In addition to students choosing Owens to earn an associate's degree, many area residents also are taking advantage of the College's 20 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities in the surrounding Northwest Ohio area and beyond, earning the first two years of a bachelor's degree at Owens.

"The seamless transferability of Owens' credits to any college or university in Northwest Ohio continues to be a tremendous asset for area residents," Unger said.

On the College's Toledo-area and Findlay Campuses, there are currently more than 3,500 students who have transferred to Owens from another college or university, or who after taking classes at the College intend on transferring to another four-year institution.

For Erin Ernest of Curtice, a sophomore Associate of Arts Degree (General Concentration) major, the educational experience she is receiving, while attending Owens in pursuit of her associate's degree, has been very positive.

"Owens Community College is a great place for any student to start their educational career," said Ernest, a Clay High School graduate, who has a 2.9 grade point average at Owens. "What's nice about taking classes at Owens is the one-on-one attention I have received from instructors."

Ernest also is impressed with the variety of campus activities students can get involved in. "I am currently a member of the College's Student Government," she said. "My involvement in this organization has allowed me to take a leadership role and try new initiatives to make a student's experience at Owens even better."

After graduating in December from Owens, Ernest intends on pursuing her bachelor's degree in graphic design at either Bowling Green State University or Kent State University.

On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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