Spring 2022 Enrollment Reveals New Growth for East Texas Baptist University | News

East Texas Baptist University’s 2022 spring enrollment set a new record with 1,495 new and returning Tigers enrolled in classes in January 2022. This new spring enrollment record features a 1.1% increase over compared to last year’s spring enrollment record, the highest in the university’s history.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our enrollment continues to thrive with more new students coming in this spring semester and an increase in retention of returning students,” said ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn. “We are so grateful to be together on campus, and our spring semester is in full swing. We are so grateful for what God continues to do and reveal in the lives of ETBU students. We pray that God is moving and may his spirit be alive and among us.

Spring 2022 shows an increase in new transfer student enrollments. This is the highest number of spring transfer student enrollments in ETBU’s history. The University has shown significant growth in adult education with adult learners enrolling for workforce readiness and career advancement.

“In addition to adult education at an all-time high, our spring enrollment reflects increased new freshman enrollment, traditional transfer students, dual enrollment and higher student retention rates. current”, ETBU Vice President for Enrollment Jeremy Johnston mentioned.

The Spring 2022 semester brings with it some new additions and changes to the ETBU campus. Completed in the fall 2021 semester, the University has expanded outdoor learning spaces, seating, and gathering options for study and social activities. The Grove Terrace features picnic tables, lounge seating, art displays, and water rock features, creating a peaceful place for the campus community. Near Dean Healthplex now resides Tiger Park, an outdoor plaza with gazebos, tables, and swings. The Bennett Student Commons University Bookstore has also been refreshed and is under new management by Texas Book Company, bringing a unique mix of products, affordable course material options, and support to university students and faculty.

“The Grove is my favorite place on campus, and I’m so glad it’s been revitalized,” said sophomore financial accounting student Jacey Hicks. “The newly added waterfall and stream are so pretty. I love doing homework and studying there. My roommates and I go there, and it’s really calming and relaxing. It makes me feel good to knowing that the management of our university takes great care in making the campus beautiful.”

ETBU looks forward to entering the spring semester with additional university learning space being refurbished and repurposed with the acquisition of what was once known as the Capital One Bank building in the city center by Marshall. The future Synergy Park will create a synergistic business park and expand ETBU’s downtown academic learning and vocational training footprint in relation to the Marshall Grand and Teague School of Nursing.

“Given East Texas Baptist University’s distinctive Christ-centered mission to educate servant leaders, the University seeks to expand the downtown campus learning center of the ETBU within Synergy Park,” said Thomas Sanders, ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We celebrate the lives that have been and will be changed through the East Texas Baptist downtown campus, including our nursing school, William B. Dean, MD Center for Language and Literacy Development, educational opportunities and workforce development, and more.”

In terms of student life, the semester is kicking into high gear, students are looking forward to many exciting activities to come throughout the spring such as Black History Month, ETBU School of Communication and Performing Arts from Footloose the Musical, Connexus, and Spring Tiger Athletics.

“Every student contributes to the larger purpose of the University,” Johnston said. “It is a common belief to invest in students at this time of life transition. If students use the resources available, they will leave changed and prepared to succeed and make an impact. I am so proud to be part of the Tiger Family and to tell future Tigers about all the great opportunities at ETBU.

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