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Enrollment Is Up Again As Classes Begin For Fall Semester
In its first day of traditional classes as a university, Mars Hill University achieved yet another high in its enrollment, welcoming 1227 new and continuing students.
Traditional-age enrollment on the first day of class, August 27, is up from last year’s enrollment of 1152, which represented a 30-year high. In fact, Mars Hill’s first-day traditional enrollment numbers are part of a four-year trajectory of growth, and are 28% higher than in 2010.
Together with 232 students in Mars Hill Adult and Graduate Studies, total enrollment at Mars Hill as of Tuesday, was ¬1459.
Mars Hill began the semester with a celebration of its new name and university status on August 26 in Ammons Family Athletic Center. The celebration included remarks from college, town and county officials. The party atmosphere also included inflatable games, a barbeque picnic, and entertainment from several talented student groups, including the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, the MHU Percussion Ensemble, the M Hill Steppers, the Showstoppers and the MHU Cheerleaders. (The photo above, of students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and friends who were present at the celebration, was made to commemorate the historic transition to university.)
On Tuesday, Mars Hill opened the year in a more formal manner, with its traditional opening convocation, as well as the ringing of the historic bell in Marshbanks Hall.
Among the new students welcomed to Mars Hill this semester:
- 61% are from North Carolina, while 35% are from 26 other states and 4% are from other countries, including Austrailia, Brazil, England, Germany, Israel, Norway, Scotland, Serbia, Spain and Sweden.
- 15% are from Madison, Buncombe or Yancey counties.
- 42% are female and 58% are male.
- 36% are students of color.
- 24% are Baptist
- 52% are first-generation college students.
- 99% receive financial aid.