Grace Sets New Enrollment Record
Grace College and Seminary reports a record enrollment this fall for the fifth consecutive year. A total of 1,773 students have enrolled for the 2010–2011 academic year, topping the 2009 enrollment of 1,641 by 8.0 percent.
The combination of new students and a high student retention rate of upperclassmen have contributed to the increase this year. Strong enrollment in the college’s GOAL adult degree-completion program and graduate programs resulted in the new record.
Grace President Ronald E. Manahan said Grace is attracting a record number of students because of innovative new undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the development of scholar and leadership programs, and the college’s continued commitment to its mission. In recent years, the college has offered new programs such as its GOAL adult degree-completion program, as well as several new master’s degrees with online components. In addition, the college has introduced new undergraduate degrees in Environmental Biology, Political Science and Web Design and Development.
Grace expects to see continued enrollment increases in the upcoming years with the implementation of a new academic design. First announced in June 2010, Reimagine is an accelerated degree program that will allow academically aggressive students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in any of Grace’s majors in only three years, or with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has publicly voiced support for the program, calling it “academically innovative” and noting Grace as a leader in higher education.
“It is encouraging to see our students respond to the innovative scholar and leadership programs that Grace offers, and we are excited to see students begin to pursue a more time and cost efficient education at Grace in the coming years,” Dr. Manahan said. “This year’s record enrollment affirms that Grace continues to move in the right direction in providing for student needs. This positive momentum, combined with the accelerated degree option is affirmation of how Grace continues to listen to people’s needs and respond to the issues facing higher education.”
Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 165-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”