State Tech records 6 straight years of record breaking enrollment!
Just days after being ranked the number one college in the country for the fourth year in a row by Wallethub, State Technical College of Missouri has set another enrollment record. On Tuesday August 23rd, State Tech welcomed a record breaking 2,200 students to campus, which is an 8-percent increase from last year, in fact, over the last six years State Tech’s enrollment has grown 75%.
“We are in a very good place when it comes to manageable growth. We have been averaging 188 new students a year for the last five years. This rate of growth allows us to add space, parking, and student activities to match the number of students. This year housing has been a challenge with local developers being hesitant to build with labor shortages and high material costs. We are grateful Lincoln University was willing to partner with us this year and house some of our students,” said Strong.
This is our 5th consecutive overall enrollment record and 6th year of record first year enrollment. State Tech President, Dr. Shawn Strong, is excited with the increase in enrollment and what it means to be the number one college in the country.
“When it comes to technical education no one does it better than State Tech. Employers know this and students know if they want the best you go to State Tech. The fact that we can continue to grow when the unemployment rate is so low is a testament to our reputation and outstanding value proposition,” said Strong.
State Tech is prepared for the increase in students with the creation of new academic buildings as well as a new parking lot, but traffic could be slow for the first few days of the academic year.
“We know the traffic can be a hassle for a few weeks until everyone gets the timing down. In my discussions with MoDOT, funding to address the congestion around the college has been built into the 2024 budget. We have seen preliminary plans for our intersection, MoDOT is anticipating we will continue to grow,” said Strong.
State Tech is not only adding educational space to campus, they are also adding recreational space for students as well. Our Top Tracer driving range will be opening up on September 8th and we are less than a year away from a grand opening of the new multipurpose entertainment venue. The center will include a wide selection of amenities including; a 50 seat theatre, state-of-the-art golf simulators, a sports bar, pro shop, outdoor gaming area, e-sports gaming zone, duckpin bowling and a 300 person event center that will overlook a nearby lake.
“We are so excited to provide additional events as well as recreational and entertainment spaces for our current and future students. We believe this will be a recruiting tool for any student who is looking for an elite education, while having fun both inside and outside the classroom,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Chris Bowser.
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