MBU begins fall semester with largest freshman class ever


ST. LOUIS (MBU) – Missouri Baptist University (MBU) enrolled the largest freshman class in its history, welcoming 300 freshmen at the university’s August 20 matriculation ceremony. The increase in first-year student enrollment marks a 32% gain over last fall’s figure.

“Registration is not just a number. This increase means that more students than ever before want to be part of MBU’s strong Christian mission and life-changing and career-advancing university programs,” said MBU President Dr. Keith Ross. “Record enrollment also means our Board of Trustees, leadership team, faculty, and staff are working diligently and enthusiastically to share with people across Missouri, the country, and the world the quality of an MBU education. It’s inspiring to be part of this community.

Along with an increase in first-year freshmen, the University is reporting gains in new graduate student enrollments, reaching the highest levels in three years and considerable growth in Master of Arts programs in Consulting, MBA and MSW. Additionally, MBU has an annual subscription agreement with select Chick-fil-A restaurants in St. Louis to provide team members with a tuition-free online bachelor’s degree.

Also of note is enrollment in the University’s new accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which began in June. ABSN registrations reached capacity, doubling initial projections.

MBU’s Office of Residence Life reports that student housing is at 93% capacity with 373 students living on the 66-acre campus in West St. Louis County. On-campus housing has grown from 353 students in 2021 to 320 students in 2020.


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