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Manchester College poised

for another record enrollment

Manchester College is adding more than 21 class sections, enhancing its dining options and moving in more beds to accommodate a second straight year of record enrollment. Classes on the North Manchester campus begin Sept. 2.

The independent College anticipates at least 1,200 students and a first-year class of more than 400 students, said Stuart Jones, dean of enrollment. “We’re ready for them,” he said of the 50-plus more students than last fall, noting that many athletic teams and residence hall assistants already are on campus. Retention appears up too, as last year’s new students return for their sophomore year.

“Our faculty has been so willing to teach additional sections,” said Registrar Lila Hammer.  “It speaks to how important it is to us to keep class sizes small enough so that faculty can really connect with their students.”

Courses across the day and evening schedules gained sections, from introductory classes in philosophy, psychology, and music to classes in Christian tradition, algebra, macro economics, biology, American history and Spanish. The College even had to add a section to an on-line class in medical terminology for exercise and sport sciences majors.

The campus Success Center will add study tables and other support systems as student needs are identified. Chartwells campus food service is introducing “grab and go” options, and speedy new service areas and systems to entice students to make time for appetizing, healthy meals.

Focused on continuing enrollment successes, Manchester sees new classroom and other learning facilities in its future. Planning is under way.

The enrollment team is in its second year of a new strategy that builds on participation by everyone on campus – from enrollment advisors and coaches to faculty and students who personally connect with prospective students.

Enrollment initiatives that stress affordability such as the College’s Triple Guarantee of financial aid for all students, a degree in four years and a job within six months of graduation also helped build the record class. Registration also is exceeding expectations in the nationally recognized Fast Forward, the College’s three-year bachelor’s degree, Jones said.

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August 2009


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