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Enrollment Figures Show Remarkable Rise

December 21st, 2010

By Sarah Pride

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722

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Members of the 2010 incoming class meet professors and students during the Spring, 2010 Admitted Student Day

Having completed its first semester under new leadership, the PHC Office of Enrollment is encouraged to report tremendous improvements in certain crucial numbers between December of 2009 and today. So far in 2010, 74 students have been accepted to the College, 16 of whom have already confirmed for Fall, 2011. At this same time last year, by contrast, the College had accepted 15 students, only two of whom had confirmed plans to attend in Fall, 2010. Added to that is another positive indicator: 1836 high school seniors have expressed interest in receiving informational materials, as opposed to 1531 at the same time last year.

“It appears the momentum is building,” says William Kellaris, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. “More people are inquiring about PHC than ever before.”

The Office of Enrollment began the year with the goal to see 135 new degree-seeking students incoming in Fall of 2011. With Kellaris now heading up Enrollment, leading a staff comprised mostly of recent PHC alumni, the Office established a series of procedures to better serve applicants and make the application process more timely and efficient.

“Each file is thoroughly reviewed by staff in Admissions and Student Life, or by faculty or members of the administration, as appropriate,” Kellaris explains. “We advise students of a decision within four weeks of receiving all components of a complete application. Financial Aid decisions are made after acceptance.”

Typically, students learn about PHC through a variety of advertisements, conferences, and personal endorsements through family and friends. But many make their final decisions -- and connect personally with the College’s unique mission -- through the Office of Enrollment’s lively campus visit program. This fall the Office spearheaded a series of Prospective Student Days, taking special care to give high-schoolers the best all-round experience of what PHC offers. Each of the three-day events during the fall saw increasing attendance, with registration closed for the third a few weeks early, it having reached maximum capacity.

“We got an enthusiastic response,” says Kellaris, sharing the story of a one young woman who arrived during a four-college tour with her mother. She returned back home after attending a Prospective Student Day and immediately arranged to join the PHC campus in January.

“It was the interaction with the students and faculty that did it,” Kellaris relates.

Part of the heightened interest in PHC may be traced to the types of purposeful applicants the Office of Enrollment is seeking. Kellaris states that they are “recruiting students interested in graduating, not just shopping around.

“We want to ensure that students are prepared to benefit from the academic and spiritual opportunities PHC offers,” he says.

The College is planning four more Prospective Student Days for the Spring, 2011 semester. And in mid-April, the Admitted Student Day will gather members of the class of 2015 together on a large scale for the first time.