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Large Freshman Class Boosts Williams Enrollment

9/9/2013

Williams Baptist College recorded its second largest freshman class in recent history this fall. The influx of freshmen, coupled with increased numbers at off-campus extensions, helped WBC notch a slight increase in its overall enrollment.

Total enrollment at Williams this fall is 574 students, compared to 566 last year. That number includes 156 freshmen on the main campus at Walnut Ridge, which is a 14 percent increase over last year.

"We are delighted with the number and the quality of students in this freshman class. This was only three students short of a record for us. Equally important, this group of freshmen is engaged and already working hard on their college education," said Angela Flippo, vice president for enrollment management.

WBC’s headcount was also boosted by numbers at its off-campus extensions, where 73 are enrolled this fall. Williams offers courses at Bradford, Ark., as well as Hoxie High School and Ridgefield Christian School in Jonesboro.

"Our admissions office is to be congratulated for a great job in recruiting such a large and high caliber group of students," said WBC President Dr. Tom Jones. "Our focus is to help these students become exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview."

The number of WBC students at the Walnut Ridge campus stood at 501, which is down from last year’s 520. The college attributed the decline to a drop in returning students, as well as fewer transfer students. The full time equivalent, or FTE, on the main campus fell from 521 last year to 503 this fall.

"We had an uncommonly large graduating class in May, which decreases the number of students returning in the fall," Flippo said. "We are also implementing new strategies to increase our retention, and we are confident these will help us build enrollment in the future."

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.

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