NASHVILLE, TN—Free Will Baptist Bible College enrolled 290 students from 24 states and five foreign countries for the 2011 fall semester, according to Provost Greg Ketteman. This marks the first time since the onset of the recession that enrollment has increased at FWBBC. New students on campus jumped 17% from 62 to 73. Overall on-campus enrollment rose almost 4% from 206 to 213, while dormitory students increased 3.3% to 155. Enrollment statistics indicate a diverse student body with a wide range of academic interests.
At press time September 20, the college reported 155 dormitory students, 58 commuter students, 17 Adult Degree Program students, and 60 Online/Lifetime Learning students. Officials set the fall semester 2011 full-time student equivalency at 224. One-third of the students are enrolled in ministry-related fields. By classes, they include 57 seniors, 37 juniors, 67 sophomores, 80 freshmen, 48 non-degree/part-time students, and one special student. There are 134 women and 156 men in the student body. Enrollment personnel were pleased that in spite of a harsh economic climate, dormitory students increased slightly and the number of graduating seniors rose almost 30 percent.
“Enrollment for our Online Degree and Adult Degree Programs will continue through mid-semester,” Dr. Ketteman said. “We are still enrolling new students in both programs, since enrollment takes place throughout the fall term due to each program having multiple modules. We project a total enrollment of 300 students for the fall term.”