Registration for summer courses has gone up by 4.5 percent since last summer, according to the latest enrollment figures released by West Virginia University. Officials report that 9,699 students registered, which is 423 students more than last year.

Were pleased to see that with a difficult economy were still able to serve our students,said Dr. Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning and Summer Sessions.We increased the number of online courses this summer making it easier for students to work and/or go home and still take courses from WVU .

WVU is offering more than 400 online courses this summer, which is more than ever before and online class enrollment is up by 22 percent, Day-Perroots said.

While the number of students taking only on-campus courses decreased slightly to 6.5 percent, the number of students taking both online and on-campus courses also went up by 22 percent.

Over the last two years, WVU has redesigned the summer term into a more flexible model that works for students. Departments offer classes in one-, three-, six-, nine-and 12-week segments. While the majority of undergraduate courses may still be offered in six-week increments, there are many choices for students who want to take classes in a condensed time frame. The expanded number of web courses enables them to have more control of their schedule.

Study abroad is another popular choice for students in the summer. This summer, WVU students are traveling to France, China, Romania, Ghana, and Vietnam.

The flexible summer schedule also means the university can continue to add enrollment over the summer. Students have until the first day of class to register for classes but early registration is recommended.