Lee University of the Church of God announces an increase in fall enrollment for the 26th consecutive year. “Our freshman class is the second largest freshman class that we have ever had at Lee — 853 freshman registered this fall,” Cook said.
Cleveland, TN–Lee University has announced an increase in fall enrollment for the 26th consecutive year. The Church of God institution has now broken their previous enrollment record every year since 1987.
Speaking on behalf of the university, Phil Cook, vice president for enrollment, said. “That’s unprecedented. We know that cannot continue forever, but we’re glad it continued one more year. Our enrollment for the fall is 4,954.” The fall 2012 figure is compared to 4,411 last year.
“Our freshman class is the second largest freshman class that we have ever had at Lee — 853 freshman registered this fall,” Cook said. The only class larger was last year’s freshman class of 875. Seventy-three percent of these freshman returned to Lee for their sophomore year, according to Cook. This year’s freshman class also has the highest average ACT score of any freshman class at Lee.
“Five years in a row we’ve seen an increase in our entrance ACT scores,” Cook said.
Incoming transfer students have also contributed to the numbers. There were 236 incoming transfer students making Lee the third largest private institution in Tennessee and the largest private Christ-centered university in the region, according to Cook.
This year Lee university is including online students in its official enrollment numbers for the first time. Cook said there are more than 500 students enrolled in the new Division of Adult Learning. Most institutions of higher learning include online students in there enrollment numbers.
“Adding the online students this year puts us at a significant increase, but the increase is not really that much as far as on campus,” Cook said. “However, there is an increase in on-campus students as well. The reason we decided to do it this year is because we have this brand new program.” The Division for Adult Learning is a combination of Lee’s former Center for Adult and Professional Studies and the Church of God’s Internet Degree Program.
Effective and consistent leadership under the university’s 26 year presidency of Dr. Paul Conn has been a factor to Lee’s continued growth, Cook said. Conn became president on August 1, 1986 and has transformed the Lee campus through an aggressive expansion of programs, buildings, and student enrollment.
The university’s affordability is another component of ever increasing enrollment numbers. The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) has listed Lee University as the fifth largest university in their organization and the second least expensive.