Sept. 9, 2009
Morningside College has reported the largest total enrollment in the school’s 115-year history with 2,036 full- and part-time students enrolled for the fall 2009 semester.
Morningside records indicate that the 2009 fall enrollment of 1,200 full-time students and 836 part-time students is the largest total enrollment ever reported at the college. Morningside enrolled a freshman class of 325 new students for the fall of 2009.
According to Morningside College President John Reynders, this is the eighth consecutive year of enrollment increases.
“Achieving this enrollment milestone at Morningside comes on the heels of the most successful fundraising campaign in the college’s history, which enabled us to invest about $23 million in new and renovated facilities,” Reynders said. “We offer students a transformed campus that’s among the most beautiful in the Midwest, supportive faculty and staff and a great educational experience.”
Reynders also noted that U.S. News & World Report recently designated Morningside College as one of the Midwest’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges" and named Morningside to its “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” list as one of 77 colleges and universities that the nation’s leading academics most often mention as having made striking improvements or innovations.
Fall 2009 enrollment statistics indicate that 86 percent of Morningside’s full-time students are from Iowa and Nebraska. Sioux City students make up 19 percent of the college’s full-time enrollment, and students from other areas of Iowa account for 48 percent. Nebraska students represent 19 percent. The remaining students are from 18 other states, some from as far away as California, Virginia and Texas.
Morningside has a total of 23 international students on campus from nine countries: Albania, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.