Friends University exceeds enrollment numbers amid a pandemic

Friends University is pleased to report a record number of incoming student enrollments starting the fall semester. The last reported number of incoming students at this level was in 2011. First-time freshman students saw a twenty percent increase and all new students including transfer students saw a six percent increase from last year at this time.

Friends University, a small private Christian college provides in-person classes and activities while also offering online alternatives. The health and safety of the students are of the utmost importance to the Friends community. During this time in our history and keeping with safety measures, faculty and staff have found creative new ways to hold their classes, engage students and provide excellence in education. Dance classes outside in the grassy courtyard, music classes outside under a tent and the standard Zoom call have enhanced the “classroom” learning experience.

In March, when the pandemic hit, Friends University faculty and staff quickly pivoted to seamless online operation. Enrollment and marketing staff created unique ways to connect, establish and nurture relationships with prospective students including virtual visits and enrollment events. Classes transitioned to an online format.

“We are pleased with the enrollment numbers at Friends University this semester,” said Dr. Amy Bragg Carey. “Our teams have worked hard over the last few months to find ways to turn challenges into opportunities in order to minimize risk and bring students back to campus. Being a small, close-knit community allows us to offer our students the in-person classes and experiences they desire in a safe manner.”

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