October 8, 2010
By Larry Becker
La Sierra also enrolled its largest freshman class since 1990. This year 440 freshman chose La Sierra to continue their education, topping last yearâ€™s freshman class of 348 by 26.4 percent.
Record enrollment numbers also have had a positive impact on the campus financial outlook. Preliminary figures show that the financial full-time equivalent enrollment is 162 over the budgeted expectation. And residence halls are showing a significant increase in usage, exceeding budget projections as well.
â€œI am absolutely delighted to see how well our university is both growing and thriving!â€ says Provost Steve Pawluk. â€œAs I visited with the parents of new students during the past summerâ€™s orientation sessions, it became clear that what they value most about La Sierra University is the honest and open investigation of facts and ideas in the context of the supportive Seventh-day Adventist learning community that we offer to their sons and daughters.â€
â€œEach member of the La Sierra University familyâ€”faculty, staff, current students, and our alumniâ€”played important parts in helping us reach this milestone,â€ says President Randal Wisbey. â€œThese efforts, blessed by God, have added immense value to the outstanding work of our enrollment services team.â€
â€œFor several years weâ€™ve been implementing a sophisticated system of contacting and interacting with academy and high school students interested in attending La Sierra,â€ says David Lofthouse, vice president for enrollment services. â€œOf course, it takes time before we actually see the fruits of our labor in the incoming class. This yearâ€™s result exceeded even my private hopes for this fall.â€
â€œI am thankful we have the privilege of creating a campus where students are absolutely caught up in the excitement of learning. Where professors provide that extra sparkle of imagination. Where faith in God is real and transforming,â€ Wisbey says. â€œIt is truly an honor to see this vision of Adventist education fulfilled every day at La Sierra University.â€