By Kayla Tucker – Managing Editor
After a quiet summer, the halls of Grand Rapids Community College are now bustling with students for the fall semester.
Since last week, enrollment has gone up 5.9 percent to a total of 14,785 students. The total number of first-time enrolling students is at 3,931.
Those numbers are tentative until administrators take the official count in 10 days, said Donna Kragt, Dean of Institutional Research.
Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Eric Mullen said that the school is within the goal that was set by the finance department.
“I think that just creates stability for us which is always positive,” Mullen said. “I think that’s what it means for students, more than anything, there’s not any real concern that we have a large deficit to manage or anything like that.”
According to Lisa Frieburger, VP for Finance and Administration at GRCC, the school is not facing a monetary loss anymore with these new numbers.
“We have hit our enrollment targets,” Frieburger said. “We’re very pleased and excited that our students are back in here with us.