Schools report on 2016 fall enrolment


Preliminary fall enrolment figures at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg show stability of student registrations across all programs, with an overall full-time equivalent (FTE) of 829. Fall registrations at the university’s Shaftesbury campus have increased over last year by 2 percent, with 630 students and a FTE of 561. Marginal growth reflects an increase in international student enrolment. Registrations at CMU’s downtown site, Menno Simons College, also are stable, with a FTE of 268.

Columbia Bible College

Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., has seen exciting growth this year, with a 14 percent increase in new students, and a 3 percent overall growth. Columbia has 196 new students and 222 returning students. A brand new diploma in general studies started off strong this fall with 17 students, and the regular bachelor of arts, diploma and certificate programs continue to see steady growth. Residence numbers grew, especially for female students.

Conrad Grebel University College

Undergraduate course enrolments at Grebel, in Waterloo, Ont., for the fall 2016 term are at approximately 1,540, up 4 percent from last year. Grebel’s graduate program enrolments have exceeded expectations, with 64 graduate students on campus this year, an 8 percent increase from the previous year. The master of theological studies program welcomed 12 new students, with 30 students in total, and the master of peace and conflict studies program welcomed 16 new students, with 34 in total. More than 260 University of Waterloo students are connected to Grebel’s residence program this year, with about 40 percent coming from Mennonite or Anabaptist backgrounds. By retaining 40 percent upper-year students in residence and continuing to relate with many senior students living off campus or in the college’s apartments, Grebel’s inclusive atmosphere and community traditions are passed on from generation to generation.


Enrolment at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., for the 2016-17 school year stands at 99 graduate students, down slightly from 102 students last year. Twenty-one of those are international students representing 14 countries: Canada, Nepal, Ethiopia, Chile, Kenya, Japan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Germany, Nigeria, South Korea, Honduras, India and Australia. Six of the international students are studying online.


Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., welcomed 223 first-year students with historically high grade point average and Scholastic Aptitude Test/American College Testing scores. Graduate programs enrolled 512 students. A total of 1,880 students are enrolled in one or more classes. This number includes all students—from traditional undergraduate students to non-traditional students in adult degree completion programs; part- and full-time students in graduate programs at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and in EMU’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies; and students in the intensive English program, as well as those taking non-credit courses in a variety of programs.

Goshen College

Goshen (Ind.) College has achieved increased enrolment again this fall, with 870 students, an increase of nearly 4 percent. Growth occurred in incoming first-year students and graduate students, as well as greater retention and diversity. The incoming Goshen College first-year class is the largest since 2009 and nearly 6 percent larger than last year’s class. The total number of new traditional undergraduate students on campus this fall is 227. Students pursuing master’s degrees in one of Goshen’s graduate programs increased slightly, from 66 students last year to 70 students this year. The college enrolled 98 students in adult programs, which include organizational leadership, social work and nursing.

—Compiled by Ross W. Muir

See also “Why Mennonite education matters.”

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