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Universities tout record enrollments


Enrollment hit record and near-record levels this fall at some colleges and universities associated with Churches of Christ.
Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., both set all-time enrollment records, officials said.
Harding enrolled 6,810 undergraduate and graduate students, its 24th consecutive annual increase. That’s a 3 percent rise over last fall’s enrollment of 6,613.
Lipscomb’s enrollment of 3,742 represents a nearly 10 percent jump over last fall’s 3,413.
Other highlights:
• Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City has its second-highest enrollment ever. Total enrollment is 2,216, up 2 percent from last fall.
• Lubbock Christian University in Texas recorded the second-highest enrollment in its history, hitting 2,028 students this fall. That’s up 6 percent.
• Rochester College in Michigan reported a near-record enrollment and the largest influx of freshman and transfer students in its 51-year history. Its enrollment of 1,053 students fell six students shy of an all-time high, with registration for evening classes ongoing.
• York College in Nebraska hit a 10-year high of 483 students — a 12 percent increase over a year ago.
• Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould, Ark., enrolled 201 students, up 17 percent from last fall.
• Abilene Christian University in Texas has an enrollment of 4,728, down 2 percent from last fall’s record of 4,838.
• Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., enrolled 1,992 students, down 2 percent from a year ago.
• Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va., has an enrollment of 476, down slightly from 480 a year ago.
• Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., has 7,606 students, down 2 percent from last fall.
Figures for some Christian universities were not available at press time.

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