Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:25
The 20th-day enrollment figures for Tabor College have been released and registrar Deanne Duerkson indicates the record-setting trend has stretched to three consecutive years.
When combining all student programs, both graduate and undergraduate, 669 students are pursuing degrees through Tabor College.
President Jules Glanzer expressed his pleasure at the announcement.
“We have not had more than two years of sustained growth for over 40 years,” he said. “Now we have broken that trend, following this year’s record enrollment. God is smiling down on us and we are so thankful for his blessing.”
Glanzer said each student that has chosen to attend Tabor will have the opportunity to experience life transformation.
“Our growth is a gift from God and we take this as a stewardship challenge to provide an environment where students can grow both academically and in faith,” he said.
The report shows a total of 646 undergraduate students have enrolled at Tabor College, which compares to 618 students in 2009. This represents an increase of 4.5 percent.
The Hillsboro campus has 557 students, compared to 519 for fall 2009, an increase of 7 percent.
Of that total, 298 were from Kansas, with 29 additional states represented in the student population. California, Florida and Colorado are the next frequent home states for students.
This is the largest enrollment for the Marion County campus since 1974.
TC-Wichita has enrolled 89 students, which results in a full-time equivalent of 57 students when factoring classroom hours. The Wichita campus has 23 graduate students.
Linda Cantwell, vice president of enrollment management, said her team of admissions counselors are passionate about the Tabor mission and have been able to communicate effectively with prospective students.
“I am so blessed with an outstanding admissions team that connected tirelessly with prospective students,” Cantwell said. “We hosted 667 campus visits and I’m certain that the Lord was working through us as we connected with those students.”
The incoming freshman class includes 153 students, the largest since 1988. The number includes a 29 percent increase in the number of female freshman students, from 55 in 2009 to 71 in 2010.
Another growing source of enrollment on the Hillsboro campus is 68 new transfer students, the most in school history.
Cantwell and her team also hosted several events to bring prospective students onto campus, allowing them to experience various aspects of student life.
Girlfriends Getaway, which targets high-achieving girls, Campus Visit Days, Transfer Visit Days and Summer Sizzle each allowed prospective students to experience the Tabor community as well as the opportunities for growth and learning.
“We are certainly being blessed with the opportunity to positively impact the lives of more students,” Cantwell said. “It is a team effort campus-wide. Each of the students was given a personalized visit. They had the opportunity to talk to professors, other students and coaches if they were interested in participating in athletics. ”
Glanzer agreed it took a concerted effort to make the enrollment record a reality.
“Dr. Cantwell and her team, along with the coaches under the leadership of Vice President of Athletics Rusty Allen, have worked hard to bring about this record enrollment,” he said. “Recruitment is everyone’s business. Faculty, staff, student life and facilities—everyone has played an important part.”
“A record enrollment means we have the opportunity to impact more lives that can go into the world and influence it to be more of what God intended it to be.”