It's official: MC breaks enrollment record

Sept. 11, 2003

Maryville College administrators thought it might be a banner year for enrollment, but they had to wait for the books to close on fall semester registration to be sure.

Registrar Martha Hess delivered the good news on Wednesday: With 1,052 students enrolled this fall, the College has set a new record for enrollment. And with 1,025 students taking at least 12 credit hours this fall, 2003 commemorates the first time the College has cracked the 1,000-mark for full-time enrollment.

And yet another record has been broken – that of new-student numbers. Totaling numbers of freshmen, transfers and others, 410 new undergraduates are on campus.

“ It is always a pleasure to announce record-high enrollment, but above and beyond the satisfaction of making good progress toward a long-term, institutional goal for enrollment, we’re excited about these numbers because having 1,052 students in our classrooms means that 1,052 young men and women are being taught the skills and given the opportunities to be successful and to make a difference in the world,” said Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson. “Reporting new enrollment figures is one of the few times we talk about students and numbers in the same breath. Our students can attest to the fact that here, they aren’t ‘just a number.’

“ Maryville College remains a small, liberal-arts institution committed to providing students with a personal and total learning experience,” the president added.

The previous record for enrollment was 1,026, achieved during the fall of 2001. The College first broke the 1,000-student milestone in 1999, and has made steady progress since then. Last year’s total headcount was 1,020.

The MC Window of Opportunity, a strategic plan guiding the College through 2007, calls for a total enrollment of 1,200 students by the year 2007.

“The strategic plan goal is just a number, a target,” said Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and admissions. “What we are most interested in is recruiting students who resonate with the College’s mission and have the best chances to be successful.”

Cate said achieving record enrollment is a feat for which several can take a bow.

“In today’s competitive environment, recruiting and retaining good students takes a tremendous amount of hard work by the entire College community. We are fortunate to have an outstanding Admissions team and faculty and staff who are committed to attracting and supporting students.”

Impressive freshman class

Academically, Maryville’s Class of 2007 is the best prepared of any previous class. Average ACT score for entering freshmen is 24.3, and the average GPA is 3.56.

Totaling 293 students, the group is the second-largest freshman class in the College’s history. Twenty states and seven foreign countries are represented. The freshmen come from 150 different secondary schools, and while most are undecided about a major, several have indicated interest in science, business, math and engineering and the humanities.

Unlike recent years, freshman males outnumber freshman females, but only by a slight margin – 13.