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Campbellsville University welcomes largest incoming freshman class (677) in history of institution


By Ariel C. Emberton
Campbellsville University

As of Sept. 7, Campbellsville University’s fall freshman class reached a total of 677. The total includes those students taking classes at main campus, regional centers and sites and online.

“We are very pleased to welcome the single, largest incoming freshman class in Campbellsville University history,” said Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president for enrollment and professor of educational ministries. “With 677 new freshmen across all campus locations, we are thrilled to welcome a bright, academically strong, highly motivated, freshman class as they begin their academic careers.”

“This is as much as the total enrollment in the late ’70s,” said Virginia Flanagan, Campbellsville’s special assistant to the president and former director of alumni, public relations and television.

Jesika Cope, a freshman volleyball player from Carlisle, Ohio, moves into Stapp Hall before the start of the fall semester. (Photo by Brett Pierce)

New incoming freshman enrollment by each location is as follows: Main Campus, 490; Harrodsburg, 120; Online, 28; Louisville, 18; Somerset, 16; and Liberty, 5.

“This is an exciting number, especially in the midst of a pandemic. It demonstrates the importance of the university mission, no matter by what means that the students are gaining their CU education,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.

Garrison said the 677 new freshmen surpassed the previous record of 661 set in 2018 and the 650 mark in 2019. “In light of the challenges surrounding COVID-19 and the global pandemic, growing the freshman class by 4 percent year-over-year is an amazing accomplishment,” he said.

Garrison said the most significant enrollment increase was from Campbellsville University’s Conover Education Center in Harrodsburg. Their enrollment increased by around 50 students with 120 enrolling for the fall semester.

“These are large numbers, but our faculty and staff are ready for the fall. We will be teaching with good social distances and all will be ‘masked up.’ It is great to be back on our campus and centers,” said Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The university began in-person classes Sept. 8. COVID-19 guidelines have been put in place by the CU administration to keep the faculty, staff, students and coaches safe, Hedgepath said.

“We want to thank our vast network of partners, including school administrators, educators, guidance counselors, coaches, parents and alumni, who continue to share the CU story with the next generation inspiring them to find their calling at Campbellsville University,” Garrison said.

For more information about enrolling at Campbellsville, call the Office of Enrollment at (270) 789-5000.

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