MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Sept. 2, 2008) — Milligan College President Don Jeanes announced today that the college has set a record fall enrollment for the second year in a row, with 1,026 students. Milligan broke the 1,000 student mark last fall with 1,014 students.
Milligan has seen steady enrollment growth in the past decade from new academic and athletic programs, stronger retention among upperclassmen, and growth in graduate and adult degree completion programs. This, combined with more strategic recruitment and marketing initiatives, contributed to this year’s growth, explained Jeanes.
“In a year with economic struggles that have impacted families in the college search process, we’re pleased to maintain our momentum of growth at Milligan,” said Jeanes. “Maintaining our academic quality and being true to our mission are most important to us at Milligan.”
Jeanes said the college would like to see continued growth, with an ideal size of around 1,200 to 1,500 students.
Jeanes explained that the intimacy of Milligan’s size provides the most ideal teaching and learning environment and emphasizes the natural interdisciplinary feel of a liberal arts college.
“So we have a target enrollment range in mind that allows the college to maintain its personality and stay true to its mission, while providing a robust curriculum, faculty, and student life programs,” said Jeanes, who has been president at the Christian liberal arts college since 1997.
Milligan has 731 undergraduate students, 220 in its three graduate programs, and 75 in adult degree-completion programs enrolled this fall. Fall classes began Aug. 20.