September 26, 2007
Morningside College saw an increase in total enrollment for the sixth consecutive year, with 1,798 full-time and part-time students enrolled for the fall 2007 semester. Last year the college’s total enrollment was 1,722.
The college has maintained its enrollment goal of 1,100 to 1,200 full-time undergraduate students, with 1,159 such students enrolled for the fall 2007 semester. This number included 290 new first-year students and 72 new transfer students.
The college saw enrollment in its graduate program increase once again, with 585 students enrolled, as compared to 490 last year and 291 in the fall of 2005. The graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, as well as professional development courses that are designed to help educators prepare to acquire Iowa state certification, or endorsement, in several areas.
Morningside College President John Reynders said, “We are pleased with the growth that continues in our graduate program and that we have nearly reached the maximum enrollment for undergraduate students. We believe that Morningside’s niche in higher education is to provide the best possible small-college residential experience, and this undergraduate student-body size enables us to fulfill this goal.”
Students from Iowa and Nebraska constitute nearly 90 percent of the total full-time student body. Sioux City students account for 20 percent, with 47 percent coming from other areas of Iowa. Nebraska students make up another 21 percent. Students from 20 other states, some from as far away as California, Oregon, and Virginia, and one student from Puerto Rico represent the remaining 12 percent.
A total of 16 international students came from the following five countries: Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, and Taiwan.