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Union enrollment up 14 percent to 3,770 students

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 12, 2008 – Enrollment at Union University for the fall semester is a record-high 3,770 students – a 14 percent jump from a year ago and the 11th straight year for an enrollment increase at the university.

The 2008 figure tops last year’s fall enrollment of 3,310 by 460. The latest enrollment figures show a 91 percent increase over the 1,972 students enrolled in the fall of 1996, when Union University President David S. Dockery began his tenure.

“What an amazing testament to the faithfulness of God and the dedicated work of our enrollment services team,” Dockery said. “Seven months ago we didn’t know if Union University would still exist today. And now we’re celebrating our highest enrollment ever and an unprecedented growth of 14 percent in a single year.

“We are humbled by God’s goodness to Union University,” he continued. “Truly it is an exciting new day for all of us at Union.”

The enrollment for 2008 includes 2,648 undergraduate students, compared to 2,382 last year, and 1,122 graduate students, compared to 928 last year.

“We give thanks to God for each new student who enrolled at Union University this fall,” said Rich Grimm, Union’s vice president for enrollment services. “We have been honored to serve them and their families as they moved through the recruiting and enrollment process, especially in the aftermath of the February tornado. And now we celebrate as they begin this new chapter in their lives.”

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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