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KayDee Gilkey CSU Ag Sciences Has Strong Increase in Numbers
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: September 09, 2015

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This week marks the third week of classes on the Colorado State University’s campus in Fort Collins. I caught up with CSU’s Executive Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Dr. James Pritchett and he shares some details about that first week of classes
Pritchett: “ Course, one of my favorite days of the year is when the students come back to campus. We have big festival called Ram Welcome and bring people onto campus and the College of Ag Science has it own portion of that. We welcomed our freshman class in. Our freshman class is up 17 percent over what it was last year. In terms of physical bodies that is 110 more freshman this year than we had last year. I had the chance to welcome them. We had a Plant Science big lecture hall that seats about 350 students and we had that packed in there. We had folks sitting in the aisle. It was a great time to have everybody together.”
Dr. Pritchett details where the increase in enrollment numbers are happening.
Pritchett: “I think our largest influx of freshman has come into the Animal Science major. we have a number of majors in Horticulture and Landscape that have joined us. Third would probably be Ag and Resource Economics and the focus of that would be in Ag Business. We’ve got an outstanding Crops and Soil Sciences program too and a number of majors in there. So lots of energy. Very diverse group of students that are coming in. I’d say about half of our incoming students are from a traditional ag background and half of them coming in are just really interested in food and ag systems and want to be a part of that.”


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