Eastern Mennonite University

This article is from the EMU News Archive. The approximate date of publication was in September 2003. Current EMU news is available at www.emu.edu/news


Mennonite Student Numbers Grow at EMU

A profile of new first-year students at Eastern Mennonite University should encourage those who have been watching the downward trend in Mennonite students attending Mennonite colleges.

This fall's entering class of 196 students is 57 percent Mennonite compared to only 50 percent last year. More than half of the Mennonite students came from Mennonite schools, with Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Lansdale, Pa., contributing the largest portion - 17 - this year.

New students came from 24 states, with "nice growth from Ohio and Pennsylvania this year," said Shirley B. Yoder, vice president for enrollment and marketing. "We lost some momentum from Virginia, but not from our local public schools where we saw growth. A smaller graduating class from Eastern Mennonite High School had a minor impact on our numbers."

Eight countries contributed 12 new international students to the first-year student group, Yoder noted.

EMU recorded a total enrollment of 1,436 students for the fall semester 2003, the third highest in the school's 86-year history. Last fall, EMU set an all-time high with 1,501 students enrolled.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, a graduate school of theological studies on the EMU campus, reported a record enrollment of 131 students compared with 122 last fall. Of the total, 72 students are enrolled full time compared to 53 last fall. Another 16 students are participating in the seminary’s "distance learning" (by computer) program.

The MA in counseling program increased from 21 to 26 full-time students this fall.

A record 17 students have enrolled in the newest MA in business administration cohort group that started classes Aug. 21. Adding students from two earlier cohort groups brings the MBA enrollment total to 28.

The MA in Conflict Transformation program has 52 students and the M.A. in education program has 94 students enrolled this fall.

The Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP), an accelerated, non-traditional baccalaureate degree program, has 99 students enrolled on the Harrisonburg campus – up 20 from last fall – and another 27 taking ADCP classes on EMU’s Lancaster, Pa., campus, down 6 from a year ago.

The newest cohort group of students in the ADCP is the largest on record with 26 students - 14 men and 12 women. Students enrolled in this nontraditional program for working adults cover a geographic area from Sperryville to Lexington to Norfolk. They are working towards a B.S. degree in management and organizational development.

The Intensive English Program, which prepares international students for undergraduate collegiate work, has 30 full- and part-time students, the majority from Japan. Last fall, there were 22 students enrolled.

Posted: September 16, 2003