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Campbellsville University is ahead of last spring's enrollment and is looking at 16 semesters of record enrollment. The numbers are up almost 4 percent from last year.
Of the 2,303 students enrolled for the spring semester, almost 65 percent of those were full-time degree-seeking undergraduates.
These numbers, however, are only an estimate of what the total enrollment could likely be.
"Due to eight-weeks and online courses, among others, the total number cannot be determined until later, but it will likely reach more than 2,400," said Paul Dameron, director of institutional research for Campbellsville University.
"Sixteen semesters of consecutive record enrollment is quite an achievement," said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University. "We are so pleased that more than 2,400 students have enrolled to study in a wonderful Christian higher education environment."
One of the large increases is seen in high school students who are taking advantage of the university's dual credit program. This program allows eligible high school students to simultaneously take classes for credit. The dual credit program increased more than 7 percent from last spring.
"Dual credit students earn college credits and work toward their high school graduation requirements in the same class. Qualified instructors deliver this experience at an extremely reduced cost," said Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services.
The ACCEL program, a program for adults offered at night, is still growing.
"After careful research," Walters said, "we realized a great need within the adult education market.
"Within Taylor County and its contiguous counties, we discovered that many working adults have a need for either degree attainment or degree completion. With these facts in mind, we designed a program to specifically help these adult learners.
"This program was assembled to be convenient, affordable and in an accelerated format to help working adults reach their higher education goals quickly," Walters said.
The number of students living in residence hall and villages is also up from previous years. The addition of new resident villages on the university's campus has allowed for more availability and more options of on-campus living, Carter said. Residency in on-campus housing is up another 6 percent from last year.
The semester has also seen a record student retention rate of 88.5 percent. This is up almost 3 percent from previous semesters. It is also the largest number of new students at the start of the spring semester, with almost 150 enrolled. This includes first semester freshman, transfer students and former students who have been readmitted to CU. The number of transfer students is up almost 15 percent from last spring; a growth of 23 percent in the last two years alone.
Campbellsville University has expanded even beyond its home campus, with courses being offered at three different sites throughout the state. Three extension sites include Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, the Louisville Campus and Somerset Community College. At the Louisville extension, enrollment was up 5 percent from last year. Other sites saw their numbers more than double from the previous spring semester.
"It is because of this growth that Campbellsville University is being recognized nationally as one of 'America's Best Colleges,'" Carter said. "We are committed to providing students with a quality education for a price they can afford. Because of this, students from all over the country and the world are taking advantage of what we have to offer."
For more information about Campbellsville University, contact the Office of Admissions at 789-5220 or email@example.com.
- Bridgette Sallee is a student news writer at Campbellsville University.