AU reaches enrollment projection

Tue, 2012-07-31 14:53 -- univcomm

Anderson University has received official enrollment numbers for the first semester of the academic year indicating that the projected enrollment of 2,800 has been successfully reached. Total institutional enrollment currently stands at 2,815 which represents an overall increase of 4 percent over the same reporting date last year and a 33 percent increase over the past ten years. During each of the past nine years, the university has marked record institutional enrollment numbers.

"We are pleased with an outstanding class of new students who have joined us this year," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. "We are blessed to have strong numbers in every area of the university and the profile of the students continues to be stronger and stronger. Sharing the Anderson University vision of a strong enrollment is the result of the hard work of a lot of persons and is a tribute to an outstanding faculty and staff as we pursue our mission of Christian higher education."

In addition, the institution is reporting that all six major academic divisions of the institution (including the undergraduate college, the School of Adult Learning, and the graduate divisions of business, education, nursing and theology) are all reporting enrollment increases from this time last year. As an example, the School of Theology supports 151 students this academic year which is the highest enrollment of this particular graduate division in the past 20 years.

"This year’s enrollment increase positions us well within our reach of more than 3,000 students by the fall of 2008," said Mike Collette, vice president for Enrollment Management and Information Systems. "Anderson University continues its strategic commitment to managed enrollment growth, increased academic quality while furthering its mission to serve the church."

Academically, the freshman class is very strong with nearly 30 percent of students coming from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class with a class-wide average high school grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.48. Anderson University's strategic plan calls for future incoming classes to have an average SAT score of 1100 or greater by 2008. The top five (5) stated academic majors of interest include: Education, Nursing, Business, Music and Biblical Studies. The university also projects enrollment increases within its graduate school and in the Anderson University School of Theology.

Approximately 60 percent of the incoming freshman class originates from Indiana with total institutional representation from 46 states and 31 countries. It appears the freshman class will contain international students from Kenya, India, Laos, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Trinidad-Tobago, Colombia, Romania, Russia, Nepal, Swaziland, Cameroon, and Ghana. The institution’s undergraduate college will likely grow by four percent with enrollment topping 2,000 full-time students.

This enrollment news arrives on the heels of the university being named a top tier institution in the Midwest offering master’s level degree programs by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Anderson University was recently named a "Best Midwestern College" by The Princeton Review.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing and theology.

Historical Enrollment for AU

1996    2136
1997    2171
1998    2236
1999    2282
2000    2382
2001    2435
2002    2508
2003    2594
2004    2705
2005    2815