Another Indiana college is reporting record enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Grace College has welcomed a record 2,333 students, which includes the highest number of new undergraduate students in its history at 495.
Grace College says adult and graduate student enrollment increased 18 percent over last year. Total enrollment has increased 44 percent in the last five years and the college is reporting a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 83.3 percent, which is more than 7 percent higher than the national average.
The college credits its Measure of Grace plan to make higher education more affordable for the numbers boost. Bill Katip, president of Grace College says those efforts have been well-received.
"When we launched Measure of Grace at the start of last school year, we were optimistic that our work to reduce the cost of high-quality, private education would positively affect enrollment and satisfaction on campus," said Katip. "It turns out that indeed more students started at Grace this year than ever before, and our retention rate also reached an all-time high."
Grace College is the latest Indiana institution to report enrollment numbers at or near record levels. Others include Earlham College, IPFW, Trine University, Ball State University and Indiana State University.