Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Sept. 5, 1990, edition of Scroll. Robin Lynn, a Scroll senior writer, wrote this article.
Students who were late to register or find housing this semester found out firsthand what an education hotspot Ricks College has become.
But with the college’s popularity comes the administrative responsibility of deciding how to control this semester’s and upcoming population surges, and cutting out the open enrollment policy will not be one of the immediate options.
Although Ricks College — intended for less than 7,500 students — now exceeds its ceiling limit by about 400, the college will not be changing its open enrollment policy in the immediate future, said James Gee, assistant academic vice president of support services.
Instead, the application deadline will be moved from June to May, Gee said. Like this year, the college will cut off admissions — even if a student makes the deadline — if the maximum number of students have already been registered.
The college enrolled the ceiling limit plus 1,000 extra as a buffer by the middle of May, but administrators still admitted all those who applied by June 1.
Gee added that Ricks has no intention in the future of setting limits on who will be accepted at Ricks with a minimum grade point average or a mandatory declaration of a major. Gee stated that he felt open enrollment is good because it will “benefit everyone.”
According to R. Brent Kinghorn, vice president of community services, admission for this semester was approximately 8,300 students in mid-August, but over 500 students were dropped when they failed to pay their deposit before the August 21 deadline. Since then, 150 more students have registered and paid fees.
However, Gee said it’s hard for the school to pinpoint how many students will be at Ricks, since in the first few weeks about 200 students usually drop out.
Gee said that the official umber will not be announced until the 10th day of class when students can no longer add or drop classes, but Gee said the number “will probably be around 7,600.”
The Admissions department divides the students attending Ricks into three different groups: retuning students, who enroll at Ricks after leaving for a period of time; continuing students, who are returning for their second year; and new students, who are coming for the first time.
Gee said the college anticipates 3,500 to 4,000 new students.
With so many students registered, problems arise in the classroom, Gee said, but students are still adding and dropping classes, so there are seats available.
He said it’s hard to assess how much room there is in classrooms because students will tie up seats now and later decide to drop the classes.
“We’re tight, but there’s still space in class,” Gee said.
The classes that have filled the quickest and have little or no room for adding students are Book of Mormon religion classes, college algebra, English 111, and health science classes.
They fill quickly because they are the most popular classes and most college freshman assume that they have to take them right off, Gee said.
the average credit load this fall is about 15.4 credits, but Gee said the number may taper to about 14.6 when realize that some classes are just too much to handle or decide that they don’t want to take some classes.