August 10, 2017
Writer: Brett Crandall
Official 2017 Summer Session enrollment numbers for both on-campus and online students at Brigham Young University-Idaho show more students are taking advantage of summer course offerings. A total of 3,013 students are currently enrolled in at least one course.
BYU-Idaho's summer session is a six-week academic term between the spring and fall semesters that offers foundation courses. The intensive courses, condensed into a six-week curriculum, allow students to continue their academic progress year-round. Many students hope enrolling in summer session courses will allow them to earn their degree faster.
"Taking summer session classes allow me to finish my degree in a timelier manner. It also allows me to take classes I would not have time for during the rest of the year," said Josh Liddle, a communication major from Friendswood, Texas. "It's also a great way for incoming freshmen to acclimatize to the workload and time schedule of college."
Statistics released for the 2017 Summer Session show that 409 students are taking classes on campus, which is an increase of 11.4 percent over last summer's campus enrollment of 367 students.
Online courses have allowed for enrollment growth without students having to be on campus. During the 2017 Summer Session 1,152 campus-based students are taking online courses or fulfilling internships. In addition, 1,452 online students are also taking at least one course, an increase of 37.6 percent over last summer's comparable online student enrollment of 1,055.
Continued growth in enrollment can be attributed, in large part, to BYU-Idaho's unique educational emphasis. This includes: the teaching focus of its faculty, the opportunity to gather with other students who share common values, the University's focus on real-world preparation, and the high-value educational experience offered. BYU-Idaho is student focused by design.