NASHVILLE, TN—Fall 2013 Welch College dorm enrollment rose 24% over fall 2012 stats, with full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment also increasing from 235 last fall to 264 students, according to Provost Greg Ketteman. Total enrollment statistics indicate 333 students from 23 states and three other countries.
One of the most exciting developments is the number of dorm students enrolled this semester. College officials report 187 dorms students, a 24% increase over last year’s numbers.
President Matt Pinson said, “We’re thankful to God for this blessing of a large increase in dormitory and FTE enrollment. After a decrease in enrollment following the onset of the Great Recession, this is the first year we’ve seen a major increase. This is the largest dorm increase we’ve seen in decades, and we are grateful to the Lord for His providential blessing.”
“There’s a tremendous spirit of excitement on campus,” Dr. Pinson continued. “Our prayer is that not just the increase in numbers but the Holy Spirit, by the power of His Word, will create an unparalleled zeal in our students this year. I ask our Welch College supporters to pray that the student body will become more and more deeply committed to holy living, Christian worldview thinking and cultural engagement, and evangelism this year.”
President Pinson continued, “I commend Debbie Mouser, Nathan Willhite, Daniel Armstrong, and the entire enrollment management staff for their diligent work in bringing in this excellent class of 87 new students, our largest incoming class since 2006.”
At press time, the college reported 91 freshmen, 85 sophomores, 54 juniors, 36 seniors, 26 non-degree/part-time students, and 41 special students. The student body includes 187 dormitory students, 49 commuter students, 11 Adult Degree Program students, 64 Lifetime Learning students, and 22 Online students. There are 172 male students and 161 female students.
Provost Dr. Greg Ketteman said, “It is our mission to educate leaders to serve Christ, His church, and His world through biblical thought and life. The mission is not limited to just a few students, but it is for as many students as God directs to Welch College. Enrollment increases mean that God is blessing us with the opportunity and responsibility to pursue the mission of Welch College in more lives. We are thankful that God has entrusted us with preparing these Christian leaders, and we are anxious to see how He will work this year.”
Student numbers by state:
North Carolina 24
South Carolina 11
Virgin Islands 1
West Virginia 2
(Canada, Cuba, and Panama)