Bryan sets record enrollment at 1,079
September 10, 2008

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Bryan College set a record this fall with a total of 1,079 students enrolled, up from the 2007 mark of 1,054, Registrar Janet Piatt reported Sept. 9.


Making up that number are 252 new and 497 continuing students in the traditional program, 248 students in the Aspire degree completion program, 43 MBA students, and 39 students in the distance learning program.


Michael Sapienza, director of enrollment management, said the enrollment is gratifying particularly because of the difficulties the nation’s economy is experiencing. “This shows me that students are committed to the type of Christian education Bryan offers,” he said.New students and their families wait in line as they check in at the start of the school year.


He praised the efforts of the financial aid office in the process. “The financial aid staff has done an excellent job working with students to continue to make college affordable for them,” he said.  “In addition, what the college does corporately, not just the admissions office, makes Bryan attractive.”


He noted that the incoming class is about 53 percent male, an unusual percentage for Christian colleges. “A 40-60 male-female percentage is common in Christian colleges,” he explained. “When I came (five years ago), Bryan was 39 percent male, 61 percent female.”


Now that the admissions staff has turned its attention to recruiting for the fall of 2009, Mr. Sapienza pointed out that they will face a new challenge. “Next year we are going to graduate a larger class than we did this year, so it will be more challenging to grow next year. I’m glad we had the growth this year.”