The new Center for Academic Engagement, which opened last year at Mercyhurst University and houses the university’s internationally recognized intelligence studies program, couldn’t have come at a more critical time as enrollment continues to soar in this particular major.
In all, intelligence studies reports an enrollment of 500 students, among them 110 true freshmen and 32 transfers (internal, external, adult students and military), for what department chair David Grabelski calls “a record-breaking year.” In addition to new majors, the program has 223 returning undergraduates for a total of 365.
The applied intelligence master’s degree program received 85 applications for 25 available seats, said Dawn Wozneak, who directs the graduate program. The first-year cohort will be joined by 26 returning grad students for a total of 51.
Intel’s online and off-site programs enroll 84, said Linda Bremmer, who manages this mix of degree and certificate students. Bremmer reports 47 new students (36 online; 11 on-site in McLean, Va.) and 37 continuing students.
“This growth is in keeping with our five-year plan to achieve a balance between traditional and non-traditional students, continue to expand into the online arena and grow internships and career opportunities that justify the private school tuition premium,” said James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst.
“A large reason for our success is that our alumni are out there spreading the word throughout the national security, law enforcement and business communities,” Grabelski added. “Students and parents are definitely hearing about Mercyhurst and our intelligence studies program’s reputation.”