Campus News 2013

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2013

SU boasts largest freshman class in school history

Schreiner University Freshman Class Fall 2013

This fall, Schreiner University experienced record enrollment numbers and the largest freshmen class—299 students—in university history.

Schreiner announced on Friday its total enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year is 1,136—an increase of 10 students over last year—with 1,003 full-time undergraduate students.

The record-breaking freshman class and impressive enrollment numbers are not a surprise to Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, Larry Cantu, who believes it is the “power of small” and incredible resources at Schreiner that draw students in and become the reason to stay.

“Students receive the most personalized attention from the get-go,” said Cantu. “Once on campus, students are able to go on a tour, visit with faculty, sit in classes and interact with other students. That in itself draws a good number of students to Schreiner, knowing that they will have a great college experience and be part of a dynamic campus community.”

Dr. Charlie McCormick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, believes new students and returning scholars are drawn to the ever-evolving academic and co-curricular program mix offered by Schreiner University. Currently, Schreiner has 41 majors and programs, including two Master’s degrees.

“Most recently, we have converted our MBA program into a fully online program, and we have launched our BFA in Communication Design,” he said. “We have a proposal that is under review by our regional accreditor—SACS—for a new major in public health, and several other exciting programs are in development now in preparation for roll-out over the next several years.”

With so many new and interesting degree plans on the horizon, Dr. Tim Summerlin, president of SU, and others saw the need for expansion—especially accommodations for the ever-growing incoming freshman classes.

“Delaney, our oldest residence hall, is a fine structure that needed utility upgrades and renovations to promote the kind of student interaction so critical in the first college year,” Summerlin said. “We have always intended to have it serve as one of our first-year residence spaces, and we concluded that it needed to be available by next fall.”

Although many changes are coming to Schreiner University, the staff and faculty are committed to remaining a premiere place of learning, and a university that will keep students engaged throughout the years.

“At the heart of our commitment to learning excellence is the current review and revision of our undergraduate experience in the context of the student learning outcomes to which our campus has committed,” Summerlin said. “We are aware that students and their families have options and deserve value for their educational investment.”

A private university, Schreiner awards need-based as well as merit-based scholarships, which bring its cost for many students closer to that of a public university.

For more information about Schreiner, visit www.schreiner.edu.

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