Following Southern Adventist University’s recent trend of continued growth, more students are currently enrolled at Southern than have ever before attended during the winter semester.
In a five year report that Southern did on the percentage of freshmen not returning in the winter semester, the report shows that the freshmen retention rate increased significantly from year to year. In 2007 the dropout rate was 11.6 percent, this winter semester the dropout rate has been reduced to 7.6 percent.
The report concludes that Southern Connections, a freshman class that helps students to make friendships in their major and connect with their professors, is one of the many factors that have helped retain freshmen into the winter semester.
With a headcount of 2,890 students (2,553 undergraduate and 337 graduate), Southern has 148 more students than were enrolled last year at this time.
“Ultimately, I believe the true reason that Southern has been able to retain so many students into the winter semester is that God is blessing Southern Adventist University in an abundant way,” says Marc Grundy, associate vice president of Marketing and Enrollment Services. “When you continue to keep Christ as the focus of your campus and you put your trust in Him, He will bless you more than you can ever imagine.”