YSU’s enrollment up in all categories

Board also OKs resolution for Sam Covelli to receive honorary degree

By Kalea Hall



Youngstown State University’s enrollment is up.

The total head count of full-time and part-time students for the fall 2016 semester is 12,808 compared with 12,515 enrolled in fall 2015, Gary D. Swegan, associate vice president for enrollment planning and management, told the YSU trustee board at a Tuesday meeting.

The new freshmen class of 2,164 students is up from the 2,068 freshmen students the university enrolled in fall 2015.

Total new transfer students was 604 this semester compared with 569 in fall 2015. Total new graduate students of 433 compared with 410 reported in fall 2015. New college-credit plus students totaled 664 this semester compared with 556 reported in fall 2015.

YSU’s college-credit plus program allows students to enroll in dual-credit courses that earn both high school and college credit.

“We are up in all categories,” Swegan told the trustees.

Also, the quality of students coming into YSU has increased.

The ACT average moved from 21.19 percent in the fall 2015 to 21.76 percent in the fall 2016.

This fall, there are 258 honors college freshmen compared with 175 honors college freshmen in fall 2015.

“Honors freshmen are making up 12 percent of the [freshmen] student population this year,” Swegan said.

The Vindicator previously reported the enrollment increase was because the university did more to reach out to prospective students, including using a company to get leads for potential students.

Also at the meeting, the trustees approved a resolution for Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Warren-based Covelli Enterprises, to receive a honorary degree at the university’s fall commencement Dec. 18.

Dr. Martin Abraham, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, made the recommendation of Covelli to the trustees.

“He has done great things in this community,” Abraham said, noting Covelli’s philanthropy and community leadership.

Covelli Enterprises employs more than 25,000 people as a large franchisee of Panera Bread and O’Charley’s Restaurants.

In 2015, Covelli Enterprises donated more than $26 million to nonprofit organizations.

“I am honored to be selected by Youngstown State for this prestigious recognition,” Covelli said in a statement. “I am proud to have employed thousands of the university’s graduates through the years, and I’m excited about the future of the school under President [Jim] Tressel’s leadership.”

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