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SPU Announces Record Enrollment

Monday, September 24, 2012

For the third straight year, Seattle Pacific University will not only welcome the largest incoming class in its 120-year history, but also its most diverse group of new students. And, for the first time in 16 years, a new president will greet them. President Daniel J. Martin, who took office July 1, will welcome 4,193 students to campus, a record enrollment. The new student class is made up of 34 percent ethnic minorities—another record. Autumn Quarter begins Monday, September 24.

Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jobe Korb-Nice says the record enrollment is due in part to SPU’s premier faculty and mission-driven community. “Connecting exceptional academics and a clear sense of purpose creates quite a dynamic environment that students are craving,” says Korb-Nice.

The following is a list of projected enrollment statistics for Autumn Quarter 2012. Final numbers will be available in early October.

2012 Autumn Quarter enrollment projections:

• Continuing students            2,218
• Graduate Students                910
• New Freshmen                      792
• New Transfers                       243
• Post Baccalaureates               20    (Students taking courses beyond
                                                         completion of a bachelor’s degree.)
• Non-Matriculated students       10    (Students not seeking a degree, but
                                                         taking courses.)
Total:                                    4,193 (New school record.)

Of the new students, 34 percent are ethnic minority, another record for the university. This is the fourth year in a row when the ethnic minority rate has exceeded 20 percent.

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a leading Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for both their competence and character, SPU graduates are bringing about positive change in communities around the globe.

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