California Baptist University’s Fall 2008 enrollment breaks 4,000-student mark

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-Enrollment at California Baptist University exceeded 4,000 this fall for the first time in the university’s 58-year history, CBU President Ronald L. Ellis announced on September 26, 2008.

The fact that CBU hit its enrollment goals despite setbacks in the economy, the credit crisis, and a huge 2008 graduating class is tremendous news

Enrollment at California Baptist University (http://www.calbaptist.edu) exceeded 4,000 this fall for the first time in the university’s 58-year history, CBU President Ronald L. Ellis announced on September 26, 2008.

Ellis told University trustees fall enrollment reached 4,013 this year, an increase of 238 students over the fall 2007 figure but lower than increases of more than 300 students per year in recent years. The CBU president noted that the increase occurred during a year marked by a number of significant challenges.

"The fact that CBU hit its enrollment goals despite setbacks in the economy, the credit crisis, and a huge 2008 graduating class is tremendous news,” Ellis told trustees.

The fall 2008 CBU student headcount is up from 3,775 last year, and includes 148 international students from 28 different countries. Among this group are 12 students from the African nation of Rwanda.

Factors contributing to the new record enrollment include the expanding international student base as well as the addition of new master’s degrees in Nursing and Disability Studies. CBU also saw growth this fall in two master’s degrees in Forensic Psychology and Athletic Training that were added last year.

CBU’s School of Nursing has grown to include more than 300 students since its inception two years ago, and recently relocated to expanded office, classroom and lab facilities at 8301 Magnolia Avenue. In addition, the university’s one-year-old School of Engineering has doubled its enrollment, with more than 100 students in its civil, mechanical and electrical and computer engineering degree programs.

California Baptist University (http://www.calbaptist.edu) currently offers 25 master’s degree programs and more than 90 undergraduate majors and concentrations. Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, California and affiliated with California Southern Baptist Convention. For the third year in a row, CBU was ranked as a top university by U.S.News & World Report in the Master’s-West category. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education.

For more information, contact Karen Bergh at kbergh(at)calbaptist.edu or 951-343-5067.

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