Caption for attached photo: Nearly 3,000 students from across America will arrive for the Fall Semester at Cedarville University beginning this weekend. The University anticipates its 12th consecutive record enrollment.
Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University
by Public Relations Office
August 21, 2002
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University will launch its new academic year Friday when it welcomes more than 875 new students to its campus. Many students, including the residence hall and other student support staffs, have already arrived. “Getting Started,” the University’s orientation program for freshmen and transferring students, includes academic registration, residence hall assignments, and student service presentations and will run throughout the weekend.
“We expect somewhere between 750 and 775 freshmen and more than 100 transfer students to arrive during ‘Getting Started,’” said Roscoe Smith, Cedarville’s director of admissions. “Once all the returning students arrive and classes begin next week, we anticipate another record undergraduate enrollment of between 2,960-2,980 students for the Fall Semester,” Smith said. “This will be our 12th consecutive record enrollment,” he explained.
Smith emphasized that the school’s fall enrollment will mark the 24th record enrollment in the 25 years that Dr. Paul Dixon has served as Cedarville’s president. “Those years include the late 1970s and early 1980s when many colleges and universities suffered declining enrollments due to demographic trends. And, with all that’s happened since September 11, we were prepared to see an enrollment downturn. In fact, even though overall applications were down, our deposit rate was up,” he said.
Dixon has announced he will step aside as Cedarville University’s president next spring to become University chancellor. Cedarville University’s board of trustees announced in May that Dr. William Brown, current president of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., will assume the presidency when Dixon steps down.