September 23, 2009 Edition

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Tyler Tanner of Dexter, Mo., (from left) Tyler Ringo of Pocahontas, Jodie Walsh of Mammoth Spring and Dustin Crane of Campbell, Mo., walk across campus at Williams Baptist College after class. The four are among the 615 enrolled at WBC this fall.

Williams enjoys enrollment boost

Enrollment at Williams Baptist College has climbed this fall, with increases noted both in overall student numbers and in the number of students on the main campus at Walnut Ridge. The college released its fall enrollment numbers Friday.

Overall, 615 students are enrolled at WBC this semester, which is an 8.1 percent increase over last fall. The overall number reflects enrollment on the main campus, as well as off-campus extensions at Bradford and Hoxie.

On the main campus, enrollment increased to 518, which is up 3.8 percent compared to last fall.

"We are very pleased with these enrollment numbers, especially in such a slow economy," said Williams President Dr. Jerol Swaim. "It is encouraging that so many students and their families continue to see the value of Christian higher education, even in trying economic times, and to make that investment in their future."

Residence numbers also brought good news to the college. The number of students living on-campus reached its highest level in recent memory, with 359 in WBC residence halls or apartments. The housing count reflects a 5.3 percent increase over last year.

Just under 70 percent of students on the Walnut Ridge campus now live in college housing.

"We are off to an exciting start to the school year," Swaim noted. "With the opening of Manley Chapel, all the new faces we see in the student body and this great enrollment picture, we have much to be thankful for at WBC."

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college. The college offers over 25 majors, covering a wide array of academic fields.

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