On Monday, August 19, classes began at Saint Joseph's College. This year, the hallways were busier than usual, the result of bringing in 371 total first-time students attending SJC. The number of students at SJC now sits at 1,163, the highest total since 1971.
This year's freshmen represent 16 states, with students from as far as Oregon and Maryland. The increase in students is especially impressive given the struggles of higher education institutions across the country to maintain, let alone increase, enrollment.
"The entire College community is excited to have the largest enrollment since 1971," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "It is clear that parents and students value our high quality academic programs and the individual attention that students receive. Also, we have made every attempt possible to make Saint Joseph's College affordable. The results of all our efforts are reflected in our enrollment numbers."
Of the 371 total first-time students, highlights include 273 first-time, full-time freshmen, and 22 enrolled in the Nursing program, a cooperative program between SJC and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette, Ind. With 276 total students, the Nursing program has the highest enrollment of any program offered by the College.
The Biology Department welcomes the highest number of freshmen with 59, followed by Business Administration with 41. Entering its third year, SJC's Master of Business Administration program combines with the new Master of Forensic Science program to bring their total number of graduate students to 22. In July, the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy (RPCML) saw seven students graduate. The RPCML, which offers two accredited M.A. degrees granted by SJC, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.
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