Simpson University Continues Steady Enrollment Growth

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University recently announced its largest enrollment in the university's 90-year history. Classes for the 2011-2012 academic year began in early September with an eight percent increase over the previous year's enrollment numbers.

The university has had a five-year trend of steady growth with respect to overall enrollment, which includes its traditional undergraduate, ASPIRE, School of Education, A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology programs. The total enrollment for the university is over 1,300 students. ASPIRE, Simpson's adult degree-completion program, is enjoying its largest enrollment ever with 294 students.

Simpson University President Dr. Larry McKinney said, "We are extremely pleased with the enrollment growth this fall. These numbers are particularly encouraging during our challenging economic climate. Our enrollment numbers are in line with the university's long-term strategic goal for steady, healthy growth each year."

Simpson University Provost Dr. Stanley Clark said, "We have been fortunate to be able to add high-demand programs to our curriculum in recent years, and at the same time our reputation for academic excellence in all areas is growing."

Many factors have led to an increase in Simpson's enrollment. One contributing factor has been the interest in Simpson's nursing offerings, including a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an RN-to BSN step-up program offered through ASPIRE. Plans continue for a Science and Nursing Center which will allow the university to enroll more students each year.

In addition, Simpson enrolled more than 60 new undergraduate and graduate students by partnering with Bethany University to offer a counseling and credentialing teach-out program after the 92-year old university in Santa Cruz County closed earlier this year.

Of the total enrollment, 229 are student-athletes (70 of them are new this fall). Simpson offers intercollegiate programs in women's volleyball and softball, men's baseball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, and men's and women's golf.


Contact: SU Public Relations
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