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Crowley’s Ridge, Oklahoma Christian report enrollment growth

Enrollment at Crowley's Ridge College has grown by more than 5 percent since Richard Johnson became its president.

Two more higher education institutions associated with Churches of Christ — Crowley’s Ridge College and Oklahoma Christian University — have reported growth in their enrollment this year.

They join a number of Christian colleges and universities that have reported a rise in enrollment numbers, some of which have grown for multiple consecutive years.


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This is the second consecutive year of growth for Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould, Ark., which has 197 students from 13 states for the current semester, an increase of 2.6 percent over 2020 and 5.3 percent over 2019.

Crowley’s Ridge also reported a 52 percent increase in contributions from its fundraising efforts, which reached nearly $740,000 for the fiscal year.

In a press release, the college credited its recent growth to improvements of its academic programs, campus and facilities — particularly the construction of an 18-hole disc golf course and the renovation of the Carter Activities Center — after Richard Johnson became president of the college last January.


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The college noted its investments in online learning tools and other technology improvements as well, including a planned website redesign.

Johnson said God and the college’s faculty and staff are vital to continued expansion.

“All are working in support of our students and each other as they continue to make improvements in every department throughout campus,” he said.

For more information on Crowley’s Ridge College, visit its website.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City reported growth in its student body of 9.6 percent over last year, which includes greater numbers of both undergraduate and graduate students.

The university also shared on its website that its emphasis on diversity has been an important part of its success, with record numbers of domestic minority students enrolling.

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