The Office of Admissions of the Dominica State College (DSC) has expressed serious concern over a small number of students who have submitted applications for entry into the 2010/2011 college programme.

Director of Continuing Education at the DSC Merrill Mathew said the college expected between 900 and 1,000 to submit applications for admittance to the 2010/2011 programmes however, so far, only 385 students have applied.

“This number is significantly low in view of the deadline for submission of applications which is 30th July, 2010. With only one more week to go before the close of the receipt of applications the college should have already received in excess of 700 applications,” he said.

According to Mathew, it is not very clear why the numbers are so low at present, but it may be that students forgot that they must apply before they receive CXC results.

“What is very clear though is that students who do not submit applications on or before the deadline of 30th July, 2010, may be disadvantaged greatly.  Some of the likely disadvantages include difficulty in entering programmes of choice; deferment of the start of classes; additional fees for late application; missing out on orientation for the 2010/2011 College year; and stress of not knowing if one will be admitted into a programme,” he noted.

He said the heart of the business of Dominica State College is students’ success.

“When students put themselves at risk therefore by not submitting their applications on time it generates anxiety for the college,” he said.

Mathew brushed aside suggestions that the students may have lacked interest in enrolling at the DSC.