Enrollment is high at Baker
Student enrollment has hit a five-year high at Baker University's College of Arts and Sciences, as 827 students started classes Monday in Baldwin City. The increase is due mainly to a larger freshman class and more transfer students. Total University enrollment for all three schools is 2,574.
Daniel Lambert, president of Baker, said not only are more students in the entering class, but they bring outstanding academic credentials to the university. The grade point averages of the entering class is higher than in previous years.
"I am pleased that we have been able to attract more students to the college and at the same time increase the quality of the new class," Lambert said. "The increase is an indicator of the quality programs we offer and the effective work of our faculty and staff."
Following Friday's enrollment, 278 first-year and transfer students are enrolled, compared to 212 last year. The freshman class is up 50 students from last year and there are 16 more transfers than in 1999. Students can enroll through Sept. 8.
Annette Galluzzi, vice president for marketing, said that as competition for top students increases, the university has changed how it communicates with high school students and parents.
"We have effectively communicated that Baker's quality education is affordable and that Baker is a fun place to be," Galluzzi said. "We have always used a very personal approach in our recruiting, but so many more people on campus are now involved in educating potential students about Baker's quality. Our faculty, coaches and current students have done a wonderful job of working with our new students."
Enrollment also is up at the university's School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Enrollment is at 95, up seven students from a year ago. Enrollment at the university's School of Professional and Graduate Studies with campuses in Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita, and Lee's Summit, Mo. is 1,652, slightly down from this time a year ago. Classes start monthly at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, so enrollment tends to fluctuate.
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