Grace College has set a new undergraduate enrollment record. The college says it welcomed more than 1,300 undergraduate students to its Winona Lake campus this fall, which is the most in school history.
The college says the record enrollment is a result of recruiting the second-largest incoming class of 465 students this year, as well as a strong retention rate. The record incoming class was set last fall with 471 students.
“We praise the Lord for the amazing enrollment figures we’ve seen this year at both the college and the seminary,” said Dr. Drew Flamm, president of Grace College and Seminary. “It is so encouraging to hear the stories of our students – whether they are here on campus, online, at our Akron location or even on-site at their own church through Deploy – and be reminded of why Christian higher education matters.”
With an additional 42 new undergraduate students through its online associate degree, College Launch and Akron program, Grace says it is welcoming 507 first-time students. The school says its overall enrollment totals 2,069 students this semester.
Grace says enrollment numbers can be partially attributed to growth among many of its majors, minors and concentrations, as well as its increasing focus on the STEM fields, including health science, computer science, medical imaging and engineering. The medical imaging major, which was added in 2021, grew by 60% this year.
Additionally, the college welcomed students from 20 new countries as a result of its decision to hire its first international admissions counselor in 2019. Grace Theological Seminary has also experienced growth, adding 152 new students to its programs this year and increasing its numbers by 34.5%.
Grace says its online program enrolled more than 100 new students this year.
The college expects future growth as it continues to offer free tuition for in-state students from households earning less than $65,000, as well as its new Grace Guarantee initiative, which allows all students from Kosciusko County at least $12,000 per year in scholarships and grants.