KCC enrollment up more than 14% for the Spring 2024 semester

Students walk in the central walkway on campus.

Positive enrollment trends continue at Kellogg Community College, where students will likely return to campus for the start of the spring semester Tuesday as part of a student body more than 14% larger than the one last spring.

A week before the start of spring classes, KCC has enrolled 3,427 students for the spring semester so far, which is a 14.27% increase (nearly 430 students) over the same timeframe last year.

It’s the fifth consecutive semester of enrollment growth at the College after a Fall 2023 headcount that wound up more than 11% higher than Fall 2022.

As with the increase in fall enrollment, KCC officials attribute the increase to a number of factors, including various process improvements related to the development of a new strategic enrollment plan during the 2022-23 academic year, as well as a general continuation of a return to normalcy following the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

“Kellogg Community College is excited to see that students are returning to school with enthusiasm and drive to complete or begin their studies,” KCC Registrar Colleen Wright said. “This enrollment increase is due to student persistence and offering options by the College, be it online or in the classroom. KCC faculty and staff have worked to make varied avenues of learning possible to keep students on their program pathways.” 

While the first spring-semester classes officially begin Jan. 16, many classes don’t start until later in the semester, and students can still sign up for classes several days to weeks after the semester start date, depending on the class. And KCC’s Industrial Trades programs offer an open-entry enrollment process that allows students to sign up for most training modules at any time during the semester, meaning enrollment numbers will only go up from here.

One new opportunity for students considering classes at KCC this spring is an expansion to the popular Michigan Reconnect program that now allows eligible students ages 21 to 24 without a degree to take classes tuition-free. Previously the program was only open to students ages 25 and up.

The Michigan Reconnect expansion is temporary, and applications at this time are only anticipated to be open for applicants ages 21 to 24 until Nov. 15, 2024.

Interested individuals should visit kellogg.edu/reconnect for details or contact the KCC Financial Aid Office at 269-965-4123 or finaid@kellogg.edu.

Student registration information, including links to registration instructions, policies, tuition and fees and other information, is available at kellogg.edu/registration. Information about spring registration is also available by contacting KCC’s Admissions Office at 269-965-4153 or adm@kellogg.edu.

Specific courses offered at KCC during the spring semester can be viewed by visiting kellogg.edu, clicking on “Class Schedules” at the top of the page and filtering results by semester.

All students new to KCC must fill out an application and verify their address before signing up for classes. Admissions applications can be completed online at kellogg.edu/apply.

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