South Carolina State University says it has reached its enrollment goal for the upcoming academic year, which means the school officials are confident they will be able to avoid more budget cuts this year.
The state’s only historically black public college has 2,963 students enrolled at its Orangeburg campus, surpassing its 2,900-student enrollment target for this fall.
According to the State newspaper, the school’s 2016-17 budget anticipated at least 2,900 students paying tuition in order to reach that goal. Not reaching that threshold would have triggered automatic cuts at the school, which is still recuperating after a few years of financial problems.
The university had 833 new students enroll this fall, up about 40-percent from last year’s incoming class enrollment of 2,650.
S.C. State was removed from probation in June. New president James Clark said that news combined with better customer service to help students work through barriers to enrolling is helping the school exceed its enrollment goal.