CSI posts a summer enrollment increase

The College of Southern Idaho is reporting an uptick in summer enrollment — and the Twin Falls-based college is hoping for strong fall numbers as well.

All told, 2,326 students are taking summer classes this year, Zac Ezzone of the Twin Falls Times-News reported this week. That’s up from 1,615 in 2020, in the first months of the pandemic.

Total credit hours are up as well, Ezzone reported — totaling 10,966 this summer. A year ago, the total was 7,480.

College officials are hoping the summer enrollment trends carry over.

CSI’s fall enrollment numbers are ahead of pace from a year ago. This year’s summer enrollment includes 541 new CSI students, and 65 percent of these students are enrolled for the fall, Ezzone reported.

“If we can keep the momentum up, we’ll be in really great shape for this coming fall,” Chris Bragg, CSI’s dean of institutional effectiveness and communication, told Ezzone.

Last fall, CSI reported a fall enrollment of 3,987, excluding dual credit students.

More reading: Check out Idaho Education News’ in-depth series on declining higher education enrollment during the pandemic.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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