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Howard Payne University hits record high with student enrollment

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:28:58 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 05 2013 11:52:51 AM CDT

It's the most students Howard Payne University has seen since the 1970s.

The private Christian school announced Wednesday it got a total of 340 incoming freshmen plus 50 transfer students enrolled for this fall. That is about a 44 percent increase compared to five years ago, when there were a total of 271 new students enrolled.

"It's definitely created an atmosphere of excitement and electricity on campus," HPU Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Kevin Kirk said.

Kirk said the tight-knit family-like atmosphere could be an appealing factor in the increase in student enrollment.

That is something HPU admissions counselor Sarah Collom, who is a HPU graduate herself, advertises when she goes to recruit prospective students.

"The main thing I sell is the size of campus and the community students can build, not only with each other but with their professors," Collom said. "When you come to campus you'll always hear people say we're a family."

To help ease financial burdens, HPU offers scholarships to every student who is accepted. Those scholarships generally range from $16,000 to $60,000 for four years. There are currently 1,170 students total enrolled at HPU.