Dallas Baptist University enrolled 5,545 students this past fall, an increase of 2.6% over the previous record of 5,400, which was set in fall 2010. This new record marks the 22nd consecutive year in which student enrollment has grown.
Fall 2011 also saw a substantial increase in graduate enrollment to 1,863 students, an increase of over 500% since the fall of 1988. The University has added more than 18 graduate programs over the last 20 years, as well as two doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
Of the 5,545 students, DBU welcomed over 700 incoming first year and transfer students to the 2011 SWAT (Student Welcome And Transition) Week. Activities throughout the week included information sessions, special receptions, and small group gatherings.
"When I first came here in the spring of 1988, I never dreamed we would have over 5,000 students," said DBU President Gary Cook. "God has truly blessed us beyond anything that we could ever imagine, and we are truly grateful."