For the fourth consecutive year, Tabor College has established a new enrollment record.
Combining all student programs, both graduate and undergraduate, the college has 734 students pursuing degrees on the Hillsboro and Wichita campuses as of the 20th day of classes.
According to registrar Deanne Duerksen, the total head count is up 9 percent from the previous year.
The Hillsboro campus includes 597 students, compared to 557 for the 2010 school year, an increase of 7 percent. Of that total, 317 (53 percent) were from Kansas; 266 (45 percent) from 26 other states and 14 (2 percent) from five other countries.
It is the largest enrollment ever on the Hillsboro campus.
Tabor College President Jules Glanzer expressed gratitude for the achievement.
?It is a great blessing to see this trend of growing enrollments continue,? he said. ?For the fourth consecutive year, students have sought out Tabor College because of the rich learning environment in a decidedly Christian atmosphere.?
Among the 26 states beyond Kansas represented in the student population, California, Oklahoma and Texas are the top three home states of students. respectively.
TC Wichita has enrolled 116 students, which results in a full-time equivalent of 76. This compares to 57 students for the 2010-11 school year, an increase of 23 percent. The Wichita FTE is up 25 percent from last year. In the graduate programs, 13 students are working toward advanced degrees.
Rusty Allen, vice president for enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics, said the record enrollment was the result of many hours by a dedicated team of admissions counselors, coaches and administrators.
?Our team firmly believes in what Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management and athletics, said, ?We are excited to have 664 students here to shape, transform, educate and send out to make a real difference in the world for (God).?
The incoming freshman class numbered 151 students?91 men and 60 females. In addition, 72 students arrived on campus as new transfers, compared to 68 in fall 2010. Together, it is the largest incoming class in the college?s 104-year history.
Glanzer empathized the importance of teamwork.
?The enrollment management team, along with the coaches, under the leadership of 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.?