From The Tennessean today: Belmont University has added almost 1,000 students in just four years, a 33% growth rate that probably outdistances every other school in Tennessee. The Nashville university is bringing in scores of students well ahead of its own schedule, and its leader says he isn’t ready to stop.
“I’d like to say this is what we expected, but it really is astounding me with the pace,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said yesterday. Belmont announced that its enrollment stands at 3,959 students this fall. That’s 330 more than last year and 983 more than the school enrolled in 2000. And it’s just 41 below the goal of 4,000 that Belmont had set for 2007 when Fisher took office four years ago.
Although final figures for the rest of the state aren’t in for this fall, Belmont’s growth clearly outpaces the state’s private colleges and universities as a whole.
The Tennessean says Belmont’s growth can be attributed to “strong marketing, customer-friendly offerings for adult students and word-of-mouth about several high-quality programs, especially the nationally known music business program.”
“They’ve been very responsive to the community in terms of academic needs,” Claude Pressnell, president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, said. “They just have got a lot of energy going right now.”