SHERIDAN — There are more students on the Sheridan College campus again this fall, as compared to the same time last year.

Enrollment headcount for SC increased from 1,353 last year to 1,425 this fall, a 5 percent increase.

When fall classes began on Aug. 27, returning students noticed quite a few changes. In addition to a dozen new classrooms and state-of-the-art technology in the new Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, students were also presented with many new opportunities to join clubs, participate in activities and study.

Sharon Elwood, SC Dean of Enrollment, said the increase in the number of students is spread throughout the various programs on campus. The 5 percent increase only includes enrollments of students as of Sept. 3 and does not include additional enrollments that will occur over the course of the semester, Elwood explained.

“We expect that total enrollment at SC will be over 2,000 students, which continues our growth trend,” Elwood said. “We are proud to have been recognized by Community College Week twice in recent years as one of the fastest growing two-year colleges of our size in the nation.”

Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Mercedes Aguirre Batty said she believes it is an exciting time for students.

“They are seeing all of the improvements and new opportunities and they are energized,” Aguirre Batty said. “I have never before seen the energy level quite as high as it is now. Our students are happy to be here, and are already embracing the positive changes we’ve seen over the past year.”

Freshman and elementary education major Kristin Grammens said she chose SC because it is a great place to make the transition from high school to college.

Student leaders held a Club and Organizations Fair on Wednesday, introducing students to all of the various activities in which they may be interested in joining.

“I am extremely excited about this school year,” SC Student Body President Trapper Rieniets said. “The level of energy is up, the number of students expressing interest in getting involved in clubs and activities are up and everyone is excited about the additional space, new clubs and new teams.”