La Sierra Fall Enrollment Shatters Previous Records
With 440 members, La Sierra University's freshman class is the largest since 1990. At the end of the Ignite orientation program just before the school year started, the class gathered for a group photo on the new LSU soccer field. (photo by Natan Vigna).
October 8, 2010
By Larry Becker
Record numbers of students have enrolled at La Sierra University this fall quarter. According to figures released by the university, 2,098 students registered at the start of the current school year, an increase of 12.9 percent over last years total of 1,857. It’s the first time La Sierra has topped the 2,000 mark in enrollment since its establishment as a university in 1990, and exceeds the previous enrollment record of 1,946 set in the fall of 2003.
La Sierra also enrolled its largest freshman class since 1990. This year 440 freshman chose La Sierra to continue their education, topping last year’s freshman class of 348 by 26.4 percent.
Record enrollment numbers also have had a positive impact on the campus financial outlook. Preliminary figures show that the financial full-time equivalent enrollment is 162 over the budgeted expectation. And residence halls are showing a significant increase in usage, exceeding budget projections as well.
“I am absolutely delighted to see how well our university is both growing and thriving!” says Provost Steve Pawluk. “As I visited with the parents of new students during the past summer’s orientation sessions, it became clear that what they value most about La Sierra University is the honest and open investigation of facts and ideas in the context of the supportive Seventh-day Adventist learning community that we offer to their sons and daughters.”
“Each member of the La Sierra University family—faculty, staff, current students, and our alumni—played important parts in helping us reach this milestone,” says President Randal Wisbey. “These efforts, blessed by God, have added immense value to the outstanding work of our enrollment services team.”
“For several years we’ve been implementing a sophisticated system of contacting and interacting with academy and high school students interested in attending La Sierra,” says David Lofthouse, vice president for enrollment services. “Of course, it takes time before we actually see the fruits of our labor in the incoming class. This year’s result exceeded even my private hopes for this fall.”
“I am thankful we have the privilege of creating a campus where students are absolutely caught up in the excitement of learning. Where professors provide that extra sparkle of imagination. Where faith in God is real and transforming,” Wisbey says. “It is truly an honor to see this vision of Adventist education fulfilled every day at La Sierra University.”
PR Contact: Larry Becker
Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University