Winter enrollments remain steady for New York-based UniversityOnline classes are becoming an attractive alternative for students to take during the summer and winter semesters, as opposed to overloaded fall and spring course loads. As part of this trend, State University of New York at Canton is reporting strong online enrollment numbers for its winter semester, reports the Watertown Daily Times.

The school is offering more than 100 online courses, which is an increase over the 60 classes that were available last year. Furthermore, nearly 300 students have signed up for winter online courses.

"We've kind of started with the courses that are popular, the [general education course] that students need to catch up or get ahead," Kyle Brown, director of online learning, told the news source. "We go by demand – we try to offer based on history – and once we've found courses that are popular, we build on that."

The university is offering classes in nursing, criminal justice, sports management, anthropology and French language. School officials told the news source that it is expanding its foreign language offerings in an effort to cater to its growing international programs.

According to a Babson-Sloan study, nearly eight in 10 online students are currently working toward a bachelor’s degree.

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