Bryan College will welcome the Class of 2016 on Aug. 25, as new students arrive on campus to begin their orientation.
Admissions counselor Lindsey Wolfe, center left,
greets a new student and his family at check-in
day in August 2011. Continuing students are expected back on Aug. 27, and registration for students not yet registered is Aug. 28. Classes begin Aug. 29.
Admissions Director Aaron Porter said nearly two-thirds of the incoming students are from Tennessee, “and we are expecting nearly twice as many of international students. We have seen an increase in the number of international students who are not athletes coming this year,” he said.
In addition, “We are expecting a big influx of missionary kids, thanks in part to a targeted scholarship.”
He expects a larger number of students from the Rhea County area, thanks to the REACH scholarship, another new initiative focused on students in neighboring counties.
“This is what we work so hard for,” Mr. Porter said. “Our admissions counselors develop relationships with prospective students throughout the year, and it’s rewarding to see those young people finally become Bryan students.”
A rewarding aspect of the admissions process is hearing stories of how God has made it possible for students to enroll at Bryan, he said. “One girl felt Bryan was a good fit, but knew she couldn’t afford to come. Finally, a member of her church offered to pay her tuition for all four years. It’s exciting to hear stories like that.”
A highlight of the first week of school will be the Spiritual Life Conference, with keynote speaker Eugene Cho, founder of One Day’s Wages, a non-profit agency addressing global poverty. Mr. Cho will speak on the topic “The Life Sold Out to the God That Cares.”