Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Ind., is reporting upward trends in several enrolment statistics this fall.
The number of degree- or certificate-seeking graduate students rose from 92 to 116—an increase of 26 percent from 2020 and the highest number since 2010. AMBS’s incoming graduate student class of 45 in 2021 is up from 2020 (28). Nine Canadian students are taking courses at AMBS this semester, the same number as in 2020, when it was the highest in 10 years. Graduate-level course enrolments rose to the highest in seven years.
Participation in AMBS’s distance education programs continues to grow, with 62 percent of students enrolled in distance-friendly degree or certificate programs. The number of international graduate students (from outside the U.S. or Canada) has continued upward—from 37 in 2020 to a record high of 54 in 2021. For the first time, the majority of the student body identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
The seminary’s total enrolment for 2021–22 is 145 students (152 in 2020). Of these, 127 are graduate students (128 in 2020) and 18 are participants in the non-degree Journey Missional Leadership Development Program (24 in 2020). These figures are from the close of registration on Sept. 13, 2021. The seminary’s student body continues to represent a range of Christian traditions, with nearly 86 percent affiliated with Mennonite World Conference or related Anabaptist groups and around 14 percent affiliated with other Christian traditions.