Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SBU First Day Freshman Enrollment Up from Last Fall

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / ssmith@sbuniv.edu

photo by Sesha Shannon Smith
BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University welcomed more than 450 freshmen to the first day of classes yesterday.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Stephanie Miller reported an increase in first day enrollment with 455 freshmen (up from 444 in 2011). 

With this increase in enrollment comes freshman ACT scores averaging 23 and their GPA averaging 3.48, Dr. Miller said. Joining the new freshmen were 100 new transfer students.

photo by Sesha Shannon Smith
The official academic year will begin tomorrow with a formal convocation at 10:00 a.m. in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar main campus.

All SBU students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and retired employees of the University are invited to attend.

Photos by Sesha Shannon Smith
(above): Welcome Week ceremonies marked the beginning for freshmen at SBU.

(left): SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor and Director of Student Activities Nathan Penland welcome the freshmen to SBU in Pike Auditorium.

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.

SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications is available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 399-7918.