Record enrollment for fifth year running

September 18, 2012

Categories: General News

Enrollment growth at Tabor College set a new record for the fifth consecutive year with 768 students enrolled at the two campuses. Both campuses experienced growth for the 2012 school year. The Hillsboro campus has 613 students taking classes and the Tabor College Wichita campus has 155 students enrolled, including graduate and undergraduate students. TCW has experienced a 27% percent increase from the 2011 enrollment, according to registrar Deanne Duerksen who released the figures following the 20th day of classes.

This is the largest enrollment for the Marion County-campus and the Wichita campus in history. The next highest enrollment benchmark for the Hillsboro campus was set in 1974. According to Duerksen, the total overall head count is up nearly five percent from 2011.

Tabor College President Dr. Jules Glanzer praised the announcement. “We have been blessed with more students this year. It is a blessing and a reminder of the responsibility that comes with accepting the challenge of providing a high-quality educational experience for these young people,” he noted. “For the past five years, more and more students have sought out Tabor College, both in Hillsboro and in Wichita because of the rich learning environment in a decidedly Christian atmosphere. It is a joy interacting with these students and watching the grace of God transforms lives.”

On the Hillsboro campus there are 279 students from Kansas, with 32 additional states represented as well as 17 international students representing six countries. The top four states sending students to Tabor include Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and California.

Rusty Allen, vice president for enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics noted that the record enrollment was the result of many hours of a dedicated team of admissions counselors, coaches and administrators who are passionate about the Tabor College mission, and have been able to share that message effectively with prospective students.

“Our team firmly believes in what we do at Tabor College and the transformation that happens here,” Allen said. “We are excited to have 613 young people at our Hillsboro institution to shape, transform, educate and send out to make a real difference in the world for Him.”

The growth at TCW is encouraging, according to President Glanzer. “The mission of Tabor is gaining traction at the Wichita campus. Seeing the enrollment increase is a welcomed sight to the hard work of the staff at TCW. We are very pleased to see the RN to BSN program serving the medical needs of the state.”

Glanzer also noted that it was a concerted effort to make the numbers a reality. “The enrollment management team, along with the coaches under the leadership of Rusty Allen has worked hard to bring about this record enrollment. Recruitment is everyone’s business —faculty, staff, student life and facilities — everyone has played an important part,” he said. “A record enrollment means that we have the opportunity to impact more lives that can go into the world and influence it to be more of what God intended it to be.”