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Enrollment Numbers Break Records

Eighty additional students are enrolled at Doane's Crete campus this academic year, the college's second consecutive year of record-setting numbers in both the first-year class and overall student population.

This year's first-year class of 329 students is the largest incoming class in Doane's 138-year history. The total beats last year's record-setting class of 312 first-year students.

The class is strong in more than just numbers. Its academic profile includes a 23 composite average ACT score and an average GPA of 3.4.

The numbers are the result of a successful recruiting effort that involves the entire campus, said Joel Weyand, Vice President for Admission.

"The size and quality of this class should be attributed to the comprehensive approach to recruitment; involving faculty, staff, current students, and Doane alumni.  It's about showing prospective students the complete Doane experience and our people do that very well," Weyand said.

Overall, Doane's total headcount increased to 1,049 students registered, compared with 969 students at this time last year. The number includes 42 transfer students from other institutions.

The population of multicultural students on campus also increased to 14.4 percent, up from last fall.

Three years of construction at the Crete campus have also helped boost interest in Doane. The $13 million George and Sally Haddix Recreation Center that will open in October is the fifth major construction project on campus in the past three years - following a new art and education building, a softball and baseball complex and two renovated residence halls.

This year's large class has filled Doane residence halls to capacity, with 790 students in residence, compared to 756 last fall.

"We're 99 percent full, but we've been able to accommodate students and we're pleased that we have such a full house," said Kim Jacobs, Vice President For Student Leadership.