Colleges experience record enrollments

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The two Mennonite Brethren colleges — Tabor College, headquartered in Hillsboro, Kan., and Fresno Pacific University, headquartered in Fresno, Calif., — are experiencing record enrollments for the Fall 2010 semester.

Tabor College released its 20th day enrollment figures Wednesday, Sept. 22, and registrar Deanne Duerkson indicates that the record-large enrollment for Tabor College has continued. This is the third consecutive year of growth. When combining all student programs, both graduate and undergraduate, there are 669 pursuing degrees.

President Jules Glanzer praised the announcement. “We have not had more than two years of sustained growth for over 40 years. Now we have broken that trend, following this year’s record enrollment,” he pointed out. “God is smiling down on us and we are so thankful for his blessing.”

Fresno Pacific University released its six-day preliminary report Sept 6. The report shows a 20 percent overall increase to more than 3,200 students in the traditional undergraduate, graduate and bachelor's degree completion programs. Of these, about 1,100 are new students.

"We're on track for our biggest enrollment in history," says President D. Merrill Ewert. "We worked to open up sections of courses and find faculty so that students who needed and wanted to be here had a place to study."

The traditional undergraduate program now has 1,040 students, up from 857 in the fall of 2009.

The full enrollment report from FPU is available on the FPU Web site.

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