Colleges cope with over-booked freshman classes

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Colleges have higher than expected freshman enrollments and are face with overcrowding. Winston-Salem State University, for instance, closed freshman admission in July and put faculty on extra courses while projected that freshman enrollment would greatly exceed their 2005 record. Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, expects to exceed its enrollment target and are offered laptops or tuition breaks to student who agreed to live three to a room instead of two. Central Oregon Community College in Bend projects a 13% in freshman enrollments this fall and they made plans for a bus service to a cooperative church about a mile away.[1. Source: USAToday.com]

An increase in freshmen was expected because of a rise in high school graduates and lower tuitions in public institutions that attract more students in a weak economy. However, student increases have far surpassed expectations. I rise in learning and academic performance is holding true to form during our Intellectual High.