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Montreat College’s new student enrollment on its traditional campus is the highest since the school became a four-year baccalaureate institution in 1986, the college announced last week.

The college welcomed 218 first-time freshmen and transfers this fall, a 50 percent increase from 2014’s new student number of 145, and 37 percent better than the school’s previous five-year average of 159 new students. The record-setting number of new students boosts overall degree-seeking enrollment on Montreat’s traditional campus to 461 students, the highest number in more than a decade.

In addition, Montreat College’s School of Professional and Adult Studies currently enrolls 463 students on satellite campuses throughout the state, 263 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. An additional 84 dual-enrolled students brings the grand total to 1,008 students, the first time Montreat has topped the 1,000 student mark since 2010.

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