Tabor College enrollment a record for a spring semester

An all-time record number of students for a spring semester, 621, are enrolled at Tabor College.

According to registrar Deanne Duerksen, the head count for all programs on the Hillsboro and Wichita campuses is 621 students, compared to 590 students last spring. Total full-time equivalency is 561 students, compared to 543 students at this time last year.

Overall enrollment at the college grew almost 4 percent from the 2009 spring semester to the 2010 spring semester, which came as great news to Tabor College President Jules Glanzer.

?I am thankful to God and to the many people at Tabor who faithfully give themselves to make Tabor a special place,? Glanzer said. ?Having record enrollment requires the grace of God, the hard work of many people and the strategic decisions of those in leadership.

?I am humbled and honored to be part of Tabor at a time when we are experiencing sustained growth. Like in the story of the feeding of the 5,000, God is multiplying our resources.?

Duerksen said FTE on the Hillsboro campus is 464 students, compared to 451 last year. At the School for Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita, FTE is 80 students, compared to 78 students a year ago.

Tabor began the 2009-10 academic year this past fall with a record 640 students, a 4.5 percent increase over the previous year. Fall enrollment records were set in five areas, including total overall enrollment (640); overall FTE enrollment (596); full-time students on the Hillsboro campus (504); full-time students in all programs (521) and graduate students (22).

The record-setting spring enrollment was bolstered by a concurrent rise in student retention at the college. According to Amy Kjellin, director of student success, retention from last fall to this spring was about 91 percent.

The college retained 85 percent of the freshmen who enrolled last fall, up from 81 percent a year ago. Senior retention also increased, Kjellin said.

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