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Newberry College breaks student enrollment records

Sep 19, 2017 01:57PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Newberry College enrolled 459 new students for Fall 2017, marking another year of record-breaking enrollment for the incoming class. The new record represents a 20 percent increase over Newberry’s previous enrollment of 381 new students in fall 2016. Overall, enrollment increased 10 percent over last year to a headcount of 1,190 students, including 1,157 full-time students.

“One of the important reasons for the past several years of record-breaking enrollment growth stems from our determination to really examine the needs and interests of our learners and respond with a strong sense of urgency,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “By adding new career-focused academic programs and expanding our co-curricular programs, we continue to strengthen our reputation as an outstanding value proposition.”

Enrollment for the incoming class included 356 freshmen, 85 transfers, and 12 readmits. The tally also included six students in the inaugural cohort for Newberry Online, an online degree-completion program for working adults and traditional students transferring at least 45 credits from other institutions.

Incoming class stats:

· Out-of-state enrollment for the incoming class comes from 22 states, drawing primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The top five states by enrollment are Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and New York.

· International students in the incoming class represent 12 countries. Overall, international students come from 25 countries throughout the world. Australia leads international enrollment followed closely by Spain, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, and United Kingdom.

· Top five areas of study selected by the incoming class are Business Administration, Nursing, Biology, Sport Management, and Teacher Education. Pre-Engineering, a 3+2 partnership with Clemson University, tied for a place in the top five. Additionally, a sizable number of the incoming class are undeclared majors and plan to use their first year of college to explore a variety of areas of study.

About Newberry College:

Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, Newberry College appears in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for regional colleges in the South: Best Colleges (#17); Best Value (#7); and Least Debt at Graduation (3). Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 32 majors, 29 minors, 31 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs, and recently launched an online degree-completion program. The College offers 20 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading and dance. Newberry College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, go to

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