Husson students return; enrollment up by 300

Posted Aug. 27, 2010, at 9:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Students will return to the residence halls at Husson University today and classes are scheduled to begin Monday.

Enrollment increased by 300 students this fall over last for a total of 3,559 students, according to spokeswoman Julie Green. That includes the 2,988 enrolled in Husson programs and the 571 at the New England School of Communications, or NESCom.

“It is great to experience the vitality of the student body returning to campus,” Husson President Robert Clark said in a press release issued earlier this week. “The growth in student numbers clearly indicates that Husson continues to offer exceptional academic quality at an affordable rate.

“It is significant to note that Husson continues to welcome an increasing number of nontraditional students furthering their education,” he added. “Providing educational programs that meet student professional development needs is critical to our state’s economic future.”

Green attributed much of the growth in undergraduate enrollment in Bangor to the new offering of a doctor of pharmacy degree. Among the traditional on-campus undergraduate programs, enrollment in Husson’s criminal justice program also has increased.

Off-campus growth is continuing with the addition of an online business school collaboration with the New Brunswick Community College System, the acquisition of the Boat School in Eastport, and expanding graduate programs in physical therapy, counseling and education, Green said.

Husson offers degree programs through schools of business, pharmacy, science and humanities and the college of health and education at its main campus in Bangor, and at extended learning centers in Presque Isle, Calais, South Portland and New Brunswick Community College.

On the Web: www.husson.edu

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