Newberry College has the largest enrollment of its 163-year history, according to a report issued today. The announcement makes 2019 the fifth time in the last six years the College’s student population has established an all-time enrollment record.
“This record-breaking group of Newberry College students comprises some of the best and brightest we have ever attracted to campus,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “They are a testament to the student-centered leaps and bounds we have made as an institution. These students offer an optimistic forecast for the future.”
This fall, the College reached an unprecedented 1,280 students, with 1,220 enrolled full-time. The incoming Class of 2023 comprised 360 students, representing 16 different states and eight different countries. Among other new students, 80 have transferred from other institutions.
“This is a phenomenal time to be a Newberry College student,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “Personal attention is a defining feature of a Newberry education, and over the past year, we have made enormous strides to that end. From retooling programs of study, to enhancing our learning spaces, to watching new innovative academic degrees be awarded, our dedication to our students’ success has never been stronger.”
The College’s newest students are the first to benefit from the College’s Tuition Promise, announced last spring, and the innovative Loan Repayment Promise, the first of its kind in South Carolina. The former freezes tuition for incoming freshmen for the next four years and applies to transfer students as well. The Loan Repayment Promise helps graduates repay their student loans, provided they work at least 30 hours per week and make under $43,000 per year.
“Newberry makes a promise to every student, a promise that says, ‘you invest in us, we invest in you,’” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “Our students have already made it abundantly clear they aspire to big things in life. We are proudly committed to helping them reach their goals and ensuring that financial worries won’t stand in their way.”