Enrollment numbers for freshmen and new students are at a historic high at Tabor College this fall, according to registrar Deanne Duerksen.
Based on the 20th day of classes, Duerksen reported 246 new students, including 159 freshmen, 59 transfers and 28 high school and guest students.
After five years of record enrollments at both the Hillsboro campus and Tabor College Wichita campuses, total enrollment is 4 percent less than a year ago, from 768 students in 2012 to 736 this fall.
Tabor graduated 194 students in spring, the largest class in school history.
Of the 736 students, 600 are taking classes on the Hillsboro campus, including high school students enrolled for dual credit. The TCW campus has 136 students enrolled, including graduate and undergraduate.
President Jules Glanzer said every student that comes to Tabor ?is a gift from God.?
?They have been given to us to influence, shape and mold and then go forth to make the world the way God intended it to be,? he said. ?I am grateful for all those who worked hard to bring in students this year.?
Rusty Allen, vice president for enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics, credited a team of admissions counselors, coaches and administrators who are passionate about the college?s mission, and have been able to share that message effectively with prospective students.
?Our team firmly believes in what we do, and the transformation that happens here,? Allen said. ?We are excited to have 600 young people at our Hillsboro institution.?
Marlene Pietrocola, interim vice president, dean of adult and graduate studies and nursing program chair at TCW, echoed Allen?s excitement.
?Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies continues with solid enrollments in our nursing RN-BSN program,? she said.