The University of Mobile announced an increase in enrollment for fall semester 2011, with 1,798 students.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that fall enrollment rose at the Christian university. Residence halls are filled to capacity, with 596 students.
University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley said growing enrollment and the increasing demand for on-campus housing puts the need to expand residence halls at the forefront. School officials are considering plans to construct apartment-style housing on the 880-acre campus.
Foley said relevant and challenging academic programs that integrate faith, learning and leadership are attracting students to the Christian campus. He also attributed the increase to an active campus life that includes opportunities for students to use their knowledge and talents in service to others locally and abroad.
“The University of Mobile has developed a culture of service that extends from the campus throughout the nation and the world. This generation of students is looking for a place where they can make a difference in the world now, as well as when they graduate,” Foley said.
Kim Leousis, vice president for enrollment services, said the largest areas of growth were a result of the school’s sponsorship of WinterJam, a nationwide Christian concert tour, and through referrals from current students, graduates, family and friends.
“Our growth is a reflection of our current students and graduates going out and telling people how satisfied they are with their college experience,” Leousis said.
She said a vibrant campus life that includes 275 planned activities during the 217 days school is in session during the academic year is attracting students to residence halls.
The 1,798 enrollment includes 1,303 undergraduate students, 197 graduate students, and 298 in the Center for Adult Programs.
The enrollment increase is a nearly 4 percent hike from a year ago, when 1,734 students registered for classes.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu
or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.