Attracting Four-Year Students for the Summer
Ed Finkel, Community College Daily
Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, more four-year college and university students are enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course—or two or three.
For example, the number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.