Benedictine College Enrollment Highest in More than 30 Years

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2004

ATCHISON, Kan. - Benedictine College's campus is bustling this fall with more students than its seen in 32 years.


A record 1,075 students are attending classes full time at the region's premiere liberal arts institution. The record follows eight consecutive years of full-time enrollment growth and sends a clear message about the quality of education Benedictine College students receive, according to Kelly Vowels, dean of enrollment management.


"This year's remarkable enrollment substantiates the progress we have been making for several years," Vowels said. "BC is truly a first-choice college for families in our region."


Benedictine residence halls are at capacity due to the record enrollment of freshmen and transfer students, the retention of freshmen to sophomores and the return to the halls of upperclassmen who lived off campus last year and found they missed the strong sense of community that exists on campus.


"Benedictine College does a better job than any other school of fostering a strong sense of community," said Dr. Jim Moore, vice president for student development. "Strong communities exist in student-faculty relations, in the residence halls, in liturgies and faith development activities, in student organizations and in athletic teams.


"The noon meal in the cafeteria is a highlight of the day as most of the campus gathers to break bread, share stories and laugh together. These interactions are reflective of the many kinds of caring connections that exist in the daily life of the campus."


Benedictine College's retention rate is 88 percent, considerably higher than most institutions.


"We're really pleased that students continue to recognize the wonderful opportunities a Benedictine College education offers," said Dr. Kim Shankman, dean of the college. "Even more than our great enrollment, our impressive retention indicates that students are finding that the BC experience is right for them. The commitment of our faculty to providing every student with the personal attention that they need to get the most out of their college experience leads to this high level of satisfaction."