KEYSER — It was a busy weekend for Potomac State College of West Virginia University as students moved onto campus and completed necessary tasks to get ready to start classes on Monday — the beginning of another year in which the  college achieved record enrollment.
Opening day total was 1,859 students — an increase of 4 percent over fall 2009.
“We were expecting to at least match last year’s numbers, but our enrollment continued to grow and exceeded our expectations,” said Beth Little, director of Potomac State’s Enrollment Services Office. Again this year, the college will enroll more than 700 first-time, full-time freshmen. However, the significant gain this year is in returning students, up an additional 92 students.
“I really believe students and parents are realizing our quality of education far surpasses our reasonable tuition and fee rates,” said Little.
Included in the total number of returning students are juniors and seniors enrolled in one of the college’s four-year bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree emphases in either business management or criminal justice.
Little notes that in terms of residency, Potomac State is seeing an increase by an overall 4 percent in our in-state students, out-of-state students and students coming from bordering counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia where residents are offered a tuition discount off the out-of-state rate.
According to the college’s Dean for Curriculum and Instruction Douglas Wilmes, almost half - 48 percent - of the academic courses were filled as of opening day.
In regards to housing, “The college is at 110 percent capacity,” said Bill Letrent, dean of student affairs. “We have students housed in temporary accommodations in the residence halls and we are making every effort to meet their housing needs.”
“We are thrilled that students and parents have chosen Potomac State and we will make every effort to provide an exemplary overall college experience,” said Campus Provost Kerry Odell.  
More data will come later this fall when official enrollment totals will be compiled for reports to the Higher Education Policy Commission.
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