Samford University has once again set a record for spring semester enrollment, university officials announced earlier this week.
According to a press release issued by the university, spring 2014 enrollment came in at 4,698, topping the previous record spring enrollment of 4,605 that was set in 2012.
According to those figures, 106 more students enrolled for the 2014 spring semester for a total of 2,864 undergraduates and 1,834 graduate and professional students.
This is the eighth time the university has had record enrollments in the last nine semesters.
The all-time high enrollment record of 4,833 was set in fall 2013.
“The caliber of our academic programs and our affordability are strong indicators that our students, and their parents, value the investment they are making in a Samford education,” said R. Phil Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for enrollment management. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to provide the kind of quality experience that people expect, and that is a hallmark of Samford.”
Spring enrollment is typically lower than the previous fall semester enrollment because of winter graduation and a smaller number of new students who enroll mid-year, explained Kimrey.
The university, he added, also boasts high retention rates from fall to spring semester, averaging 97.5 percent across the four undergraduate classes.
According to the release, the record enrollments and high retention rates are the result of university-wide efforts to focus attention on individual students and their academic progress. Both undergraduate and graduate recruitment has become “very aggressive” and broadened to national scope.