College's enrollment sees growth trend
Sept. 16, 2014
Though the number of college-bound high school graduates declined nationwide in 2014 for the third straight year, LaGrange College continues to make strides in enrollment, according to fall registration numbers.
A final tally released Sept. 11 showed that the institution is celebrating its third-highest freshman class and its third-highest number of new students (freshmen and transfers). The college also received its second-largest group of freshman applications this year.
President Dan McAlexander said LaGrange’s growth trend is fueled by the successes of its students.
“We offer a transformative experience that is evidenced by outstanding outcomes,” he said. “Before crossing the commencement stage last May, 75 percent of our 2014 graduates had accepted a job, internship or graduate school offer—compared to a national average of 50 percent one year after graduation.
“We also believe students and parents are taking notice of our trademark service and global engagement initiatives.”
To foster growth, the college’s strategic plan calls for adding programs such as the new master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development, said Will Jones, Vice President for External Relations.
“We are the only institution in the Southeast to offer this program, and we have been excited by the response it’s received,” he said. “We are also increasing our online options and courses for adults through Evening College.”
Joseph Miller, Dean of Enrollment Management, said he believes word is getting out that LaGrange College offers a quality education at a reasonable price.
“More than 98 percent of the school’s students receive some form of financial aid, and families are often surprised at the amount they receive,” he said.
“The average financial aid package from LaGrange meets about 93 percent of a student’s total need. That means that the vast majority of our families are investing about the same amount in a private college education as they would at a public institution.”