SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College says the number of students enrolled in on-campus programs has risen to the highest level in almost 50 years. The figure is boosted by a 17 percent year-over-year increase in the number of new students enrolled at the Wabash Valley institution.

SMWC says students enrolled in campus-based programs, which don't include online and graduate students, are estimated at 440. New student enrollment in 2018 is expected to top 200, up from 97 in 2015 -- the year SMWC went co-educational. The same year, the college also added nursing programs and grew its athletic team and club sports offerings.

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Janet Clark says "because of our small class sizes, faculty and staff understand when the student is struggling and are able to make a difference. They can sometimes recognize it before the student recognizes it."

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