The number of students at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer sits as 11-hundred 63, the highest total since 1971. Classes began August 19th, with 371 first-time students. This year's freshmen represent 16 states, with students from as far as Oregon and Maryland.
The Nursing program, with 276 students, has the highest enrollment of any program offered by the College. The Biology Department welcomes the highest number of freshmen with 59, followed by Business Administration with 41. Entering its third year, SJC's Master of Business Administration program combines with the new Master of Forensic Science program to bring their total number of graduate students to 22. In July, the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy (RPCML) saw seven students graduate. The RPCML, which offers two accredited M.A. degrees granted by SJC, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.
"The entire College community is excited to have the largest enrollment since 1971," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "It is clear that parents and students value our high quality academic programs and the individual attention that students receive. Also, we have made every attempt possible to make Saint Joseph's College affordable. The results of all our efforts are reflected in our enrollment numbers."