September 8, 2014 (Jackson) -Belhaven University's fall enrollment shattered all previous records with a total of 4,215 students. This is an increase of 329 students over last year, and a one-year jump of over 8%.
The University recorded its largest influx of traditional students (18-22) on the main Jackson campus, with a total of 1,211. When combined with the University's 1,056 adult and graduate students at the Lefleur's Bluff campus on I-55 North, Belhaven is serving nearly 2,267 students in Jackson.
Belhaven saw rapid growth in its online program for undergraduate, graduate and high scholar (high school) students, with an increase of 224 students. After only seven years, Belhaven's online program now totals up to 900 students, a dramatic increase from its very first online class of 5 students in 2006.
Enrollment for Belhaven's branch campuses in Memphis, Houston, Orlando, Chattanooga, and Atlanta saw a steady increase with a total of 1,048 students at a time when many institutions offering adult education are facing declining enrollment.
Dr. Roger Parrott, Belhaven University President, noted, I have been amazed at our growth on the main campus this year and our continued fast pace of growth in graduate and online students. This pace ranks us as one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the country. I am thrilled so many students value a Belhaven University education. We are thankful for each student God has brought to us, and we look forward to helping them grow academically and spiritually, to become prepared for a life of significance and service.