Blue Mountain College sees enrollment growth

BMC_logoBy Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Enrollment has increased this fall at Blue Mountain College.

The private, Christian, liberal arts college now has 527 students, a 2.9 percent increase. That number includes full-time, part-time and graduate students. The college, which is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, had 512 students last fall.

BMC President Barbara Childers McMillin said she was “very pleased and very grateful.”

“We would attribute that to a team of recruiters who have worked really hard through the 2012-13 school year to identify prospective students and get those students on campus to see what it is really like here,” she said. “We have learned if we can get students to campus and let them experience Blue Mountain College first-hand, that can be a very convincing experience.”

The increase comes after 154 students graduated last spring, the largest graduating class in the college’s history.

BMC has seen particular growth in its number of male students, which has increased by nearly 150 percent since 2004, when the only male students were 86 people in the ministerial program.

The college became fully co-educational in the fall of 2006. It now has 313 females – 59.4 percent – and 214 males – 40.6 percent. McMillin said she is glad to see the school’s balance of female and male students closely reflect the national average.

“For us to be at that point only eight years into a coeducational venture, I think is a really exciting thing, and we love the fact that enrollment is balancing out as quickly as it has,” she said. “These young men are very much a part of the campus community at Blue Mountain College.”

The college’s largest enrollment was 555 students in 2011-12. McMillin said it still has room to grow, but it needs to consider adding space for its growing business and fine arts programs.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com