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Enrollment Up Again As Classes Begin for Mars Hill University's Fall Semester

Continuing a five-year trajectory of growth, Mars Hill University achieved yet another high in its traditional-age enrollment when it welcomed 1,244 new and continuing students today, on the first day of classes for the 2014-15 academic year.

Traditional-age enrollment on the first day of class, August 19, is up from last year’s enrollment of 1,227. In fact, over the past five years, Mars Hill’s first-day traditional enrollment numbers have grown by approximately 30%

Together with 200 students in Mars Hill's Adult and Graduate Studies program, total enrollment as of Tuesday was 1,444.

News Opening Convo Fall2014At Tuesday's Opening Convocation, President Dan Lunsford told an auditorium full of students that their time at Mars Hill would be like a piggy bank. Deposits like involvement and diligence will reap a positive university experience, he said.

"It's your bank and you are responsible for what you put in it," he said. "What will you invest in this vibrant community?"

The incoming class at Mars Hill University is comprised of 488 students, including:

  • 407 first-year freshmen, 63 transfer students, and 18 returning students;
    • 69% from North Carolina, 26% from 16 other states, and the remaining 5% from other countries, including Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Curacao, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden
    • 14% from Madison, Buncombe, or Yancey counties
    • 47% women and 53% men
    • 36% students of color
    • 26% Baptists
    • 33% first-generation college students
    • 99% financial aid recipients
    • 35% athletes

Among the first-year students, 61% (of those who provided a class rank) are from the top 50% of their high school graduating class.

(posted 20140819)