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Enrollment for Southwest Baptist University’s Mountain View campus is up for the 2016 fall semester – a 35.4 percent increase from the 2015 fall semester enrollment.
One of SBU’s three branch campuses, SBU-Mountain View students come from several counties in the area, primarily Howell and Shannon counties.
Susan Frazier, associate director of admissions for the campus, has been busy pounding the pavement to spread the word about the school, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. Frazier has been making SBU-Mountain View’s presence known in the community by visiting libraries, Rotary Clubs, Lions’ Clubs, high schools and businesses.
“We are small enough to provide a family type atmosphere at the same time students are experiencing the high-quality education for which SBU is known,” Frazier said. “We try to provide occasional refreshments and perks because students typically have full-time jobs and don’t always get a chance to grab a meal between work and school times.”
Frazier is also currently working toward having local groups and churches provide meals during finals week.
“Our students typically find out about the campus through word of mouth,” Frazier said. “We offer only evening classes and focus on the non-traditional student; those who need to work and have families. This effort has helped us increase enrollment.”
Among the 11 degrees offered by SBU-Mountain View, the most sought-after are elementary education and business, while criminal justice and psychology majors are on the rise. In addition to the four-year (bachelor) degrees offered, SBU-Mountain View offers four, two-year (associate) degrees, including a new associate in teaching degree.
Plans are to continue the 30th anniversary celebration all year long. Drawings for students, based on attendance, are being planned for the end of each semester and will include prizes such as $30 gift cards for the SBU Bookstore.
“We have been here 30 years,” Frazier said, “and we’re pleased to be able to offer a high-quality education to our students.”
For more information about the SBU-Mountain View campus, contact Frazier at (417) 934-2999 or sfrazier@SBUniv.edu.