Aug 27, 2008 — Across the North Country, college students are moving into their dorms this week. On this Heard Up North, a St Lawrence University student is unloading his parents' packed SUV. Jefferson Community College, SUNY Canton and Paul Smiths all report record numbers of first-year students. Clarkson University in Potsdam will have its largest freshman class in 22 years. SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburgh and St Lawrence University say this year's class won't be their biggest, but all say the number of applications is up and each school is being more selective in the admissions process.
North Country colleges and universities welcoming their largest freshman classes ever:
Jefferson Community College: 921 freshmen (880 in 2005)
Clarkson University: 690 freshmen and another 93 transfer students (more applications than ever)
SUNY Canton: more than 800 freshmen and 250 transfer students
Paul Smiths College: expecting 360 freshmen and transfer students
North Country colleges and universities reporting freshman classes among their largest ever:
SUNY Potsdam: 825 incoming freshmen and another 325 transfer students
SUNY Plattsburgh: 1045 incoming freshmen
St. Lawrence University: 616 incoming students
These three schools all received more applications than ever before. St. Lawrence University reported the number of applicants exceeded 5,000 for the first time.