For the twentieth consecutive year, North Greenville University welcomed the largest number of students in school history. A combined total of 2,470 undergraduate and graduate students began classes this fall; an increase of thirty students over last year. The enrollment services staff brought in 670 new students.
In addition, NGU welcomed 129 Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipients, also a record number. These represent the very best academic students from South Carolina. Approximately 183 students anticipate graduation this December.
Campus housing is near capacity with 1,484 residential students living on campus this semester.
“We consider ourselves blessed to have the opportunity to share the NGU experience with an incredible class of new students,” said Keli Sewell, Vice President for Enrollment Services.
The Honors Scholar Program was established in 1980 to offer academically-gifted students courses, seminars, and activities specifically designed to challenge and enrich their educational experience. Among the new students are 82 Honors Program scholars. Since 1996, the honors program has grown to 267 students.
“We are excited about another record enrollment, but what thrills my heart the most are those that have made decisions for Christ,” said NGU President, Dr. Jimmy Epting.
Over 340 decisions to receive Christ have been made on the campus since June 1 which includes decisions made through Fuge camps this summer and since the start of school.
At a recent Global Missions Conference held September 8-11, 893 commitments were made by students to serve in missions. There were 347 students who made commitments to participate on short-term trips, 209 committed to serving two or three years after graduation, 135 committed to making a career out of missionary service, 193 committed to take the gospel to the great unreached peoples in the hard places of our world, and nine made first-time professions of faith.
“God continues to perform miracles on our campus,” said Epting.
Something offered to the freshman class for the first time was a freshman service day or Make a Difference (MAD) Saturday. MAD Saturday was held on Saturday, August 24 and allowed approximately 300 freshmen, in partnership with the Three Rivers Baptist Association churches, the opportunity to minister to 23 local communities through community service. Service projects such as assisting the elderly with yard and house work, nursing home and children activities, a free car wash, and just reaching out to people to lend a helping hand for the day.
“Everyone had a great experience,” said Billy Watson, Director for Student Services. “We served in a wide variety of venues that allowed our new students a chance to make a difference in the community. It was a great experience and plans are already underway for next year’s event.”
Students ministered with Forestville Baptist, Rock Springs Baptist, Victor Baptist, Grace Place, Renewal Church, Greer Community Ministries, The Generous Garden, Diligent Hands/Gracious Hearts, Piedmont Women’s Center, Palmetto Ministry Center, four nursing homes and held a free car and window wash at Chick-Fil-A in Greer.
In addition, just recently U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly released their 2013 college rankings. North Greenville ranked 30 out of 247 liberal arts ‘best colleges’ list. Washington Monthly ranked NGU 166 out of 350 baccalaureate colleges. NGU professors ranked second in the nation by CBS News.