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Summer 2008

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Florida Campus continues to draw full enrollment

As part of the Prospective Student Event during Florida Campus Homecoming 2008, more than 100 prospective students and their guests took part in interactive classroom sessions, a campus tour and a luncheon.
Event participants seated in classroom for a session

In October 2002, ground broke on the construction of Palmer College’s Florida Campus. One year later, the Florida Campus opened its doors to the pioneer class of students. By 2005, it began enjoying full enrollment. That record has continued uninterrupted ever since.

In its early days, the Florida Campus had an enrollment goal of 188 students a year. But in 2006, to accommodate sustained interest in Palmer’s southernmost campus, the Office of Enrollment increased that number to 244, which is where it remains today.

“Several factors account for the interest in our campus,” said Florida Campus Enrollment Director Kim Amendola. “Palmer’s reputation and our location are at the top of the list. Plus, we have a low student-faculty ratio.”

On average, the Florida Campus receives more than double the amount of applications for which it has seats. For that reason, the Campus has gone to a selective enrollment process. Factors that are taken into consideration when awarding seats include degree status, overall grade point average (GPA), science GPA, letters of recommendation, autobiographical essays and extracurricular activities. Since this selective process began, the average GPA is now 3.1.

More than 660 students are now enrolled at the Florida Campus, yet current student projections indicate that the Port Orange facility could easily draw 800 students a year. That’s more than a hundred beyond its capacity. It’s also a scenario that exceeded the College’s expectations when the campus broke ground in 2002.

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