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Concordia University, St. Paul Posts Record Enrollment

Concordia University, St. Paul's fall 2013 enrollment has reached an all-time high of 3,632 students, university officials announced Sept. 16. This total exceeds last year's record of 2,941.

Concordia welcomed 442 new students to campus this fall, including 239 freshman, 154 transfers and 49 international students.

Director of Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Kristin Vogel said the growth in freshman and transfer students reflects the excitement and interest in attending Concordia as witnessed throughout the year at college fairs, campus visits and recruitment events.

“Conversations this past year with prospective students and parents have been extremely positive in regards to Concordia’s tuition reset announcement,” Vogel said. “By resetting our tuition we’ve made a private education more attainable which is evident in our higher enrollment totals."

Overall enrollment numbers for the fall 2013 semester include 1,344 traditional undergraduates, 827 adult undergraduate cohort students and 1,374 graduate and professional students.

Enrollment Director Kim Craig said the graduate and adult undergraduate totals have been aided by continued growth of Concordia’s MBA programs, as well as the addition of new, relevant programs, such as Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) and Forensic Mental Health (M.A.).

“The faculty and administration at Concordia continue to scan the market and respond with relevant academic offerings that are clearly resonating with our students.” Craig said.
In addition to growth in the freshman and transfer classes, Concordia has seen a strong retention rate across all classes at 86 percent (for all traditional students who didn't graduate in spring 2013.)

Concordia University, St. Paul President Tom Ries noted that these record totals did not happen “by accident.”

“Many people contributed to making this exciting milestone a reality for our 120th academic year,” Ries said. “While our admission, enrollment, and financial aid staff took the lead, we had many faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who contributed in many ways to encourage students and families to become a part of Concordia University.”

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