Adrian College president Jeffrey Docking and his senior staff are reporting an all-time record enrollment for the spring term as the institution heads into 2021, right in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adrian College, established in 1859, surpassed its previous spring term enrollment mark with 1,604 students committing to the final term of the 2020-2021 school year. Add to that 73 new and returning graduate students seeking master’s degrees and the total enrollment is a new record of 1,677 spring students as of move-in day, Monday, Jan. 11.
“The efforts we made to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, along with our commitment to the students to provide in-person classes on campus, have resulted in Adrian College setting a spring term enrollment record,” Docking said. “And, we couldn’t be more pleased. We hear our students, loud and clear, and will continue doing whatever we can to give them the full Adrian College experience they deserve.”
Frank Hribar, Adrian College vice president of enrollment and student affairs, reported that the College had a 91.8% undergraduate retention rate and a 100% graduate retention rate for spring.
“It just goes to show how much the students appreciate all the innovation and care this campus has provided during this pandemic,” Hribar said. “Our campus has devoted countless hours to creating a comprehensive preparedness plan, spent literally thousands of dollars on COVID-19 testing, and is now gearing up to help provide vaccinations for our students, faculty and staff.”
Andrea Milner, Adrian College vice president, dean of academic affairs, was ecstatic when hearing undergraduate enrollment targets were achieved with the help of 34 new incoming students. The College has 1,572 total full-time registered/enrolled undergraduates, 10 part-time enrolled students, and 22 guest and high school students.
“Establishing a record enrollment this semester is impressive given all we faced during a COVID-19 restricted semester,” Milner said. “We continue to provide exceptional instruction and experiences and I look forward to what we can provide when protocol become closer to normal. It is very fulfilling to see that we surpassed our expectations this semester. It gives us continued inspiration for continued academic expansion and optimism for an even brighter future.”