Classes at both the University of Central Arkansas and Central Baptist College started Thursday, while students at Hendrix College will start to class on Tuesday.
Tom Courtway, president of UCA, said, “The first day of classes is always a very exciting time. We started on Sunday with an unbelievable move-in experience for our freshman and other students that live on campus because of the work of our orientation staff and others. We had a fantastic welcome week and today marked the beginning of the fall semester. It is great to see so many students, faculty and staff back on our campus again.”
Terry Kimbrow, president of CBC, said the new school year was off to a good start with the opening of a new residence hall and a promising group of students.
“Dixon Hall opened last week with new student move-in. There are only a few empty beds in Dixon Hall,” he said. The new residence hall houses women on one side and men on the other with a common area separating the two sides.
“Then we have Bruce Hall, which was formerly for women, and is now strictly male. I would say it’s about half full,” he added. “Housing is up a double-digit percentage, and that’s a good indicator of enrollment. I can say with confidence that traditional enrollment is up. Traditional and online enrollment, and concurrent — all three are up.”
He said about half of the school’s traditional students are athletes.
“The team spirit campus-wide atmosphere is more vibrant than I’ve seen in 20 years. I know it’s going to be a banner year in terms of the CBC experience. I don’t know of a time in my 21-year history when the admissions team was working harder to get not just a group of students, but a group of students that fit our mission. I’m extremely proud of (the students) individually and as a group.”
Hendrix has also welcomed its new freshman class from 25 states and five international countries, according to a press release. The top home states of the class are Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado and Oklahoma. Ten international students are enrolled from China, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Rwanda and Singapore. Upperclassmen will arrive this weekend.
“I am honored to share my first year at Hendrix with such a diverse and talented group of students,” said President Bill Tsutsui, who began his tenure at Hendrix in June after leading Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University as dean. “Hendrix is an incredible place, and it’s going to be a great year.”
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