Trevecca celebrates fourth consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment growth

Announcing record-breaking enrollment growth has become an annual fall tradition at Trevecca, and this year is no different.

The largest freshman class in University history and outstanding growth among nontraditional students combined for a record-breaking total enrollment of 3,500. This is the largest total enrollment in Trevecca’s 116-year history and reflects more than 50 percent growth over 10 years.

University officials attribute the growth to Nashville’s sustained popularity as well as an intentional plan to expand online offerings. Leaders also cite Trevecca’s unapologetically Christian education as well as the unique community, small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty and mentors Trevecca has to offer.

Freshman Emily Riggs agreed, noting Trevecca’s community among her reasons for choosing the University.

“I originally wanted to get out of the city, but Trevecca’s community drew me in,” she said. “There are so many good programs and friendly staff and professors.”

The University welcomed 1,427 traditional undergraduate students to campus this month, reflecting a 30 percent increase from 2014. That year, the University broke a 113-year enrollment record with a traditional undergraduate enrollment of 1,115.

A significant portion of Trevecca’s growth comes from nontraditional students, a category that includes students enrolled in degree-completion, online, master’s and doctoral programs. Non-traditional students now account for about 60 percent of the University’s total enrollment. With cohorts starting throughout the fall and the number of online students expected to top 1,000 by early October, Dr. Tim Eades, associate provost and vice president for graduate and continuing studies, only expects that number to continue to grow.

He points to quality programs, strong faculty and a desire to meet the educational and development needs of students in Tennessee and around the world as reasons Trevecca is seeing continued growth in this area.

“Trevecca has a 30-plus year history of providing degree completion and graduate programs throughout middle Tennessee,” Eades said. “In recent years, the University has continued a vibrant classroom approach of instruction for adult students and complemented it with 17 fully online degree offerings that reach online students from Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Bangalore, India. Trevecca is very intentionally seeking to serve the workforce development and educational needs of adults in Tennessee and around the world.”

Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca’s president, is excited to lead the University during this time of unprecedented growth, which he says is built upon the core values that have always characterized Trevecca.

“Our current growth is deeply rooted in what has always made Trevecca special,” he said. “We are an unapologetically Christian university, but also a deeply devoted community that desires to see all our students grow academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. Our faculty and staff—whether in traditional undergraduate classrooms, non-traditional programs or in online forums—seek to invest in the lives of students and mentor them as they fulfill their goals and callings. That’s why so many students continue to call Trevecca home.”

About Trevecca

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Located approximately one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca provides a liberal arts education while guiding students to find God’s calling on their lives through traditional undergraduate programs, continuing and graduate studies and online offerings. With students from 43 states and 16 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 84 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.

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