President David Bridges was excited to announce today that ABAC housing is at 100 percent capacity.
Bridges held a press conference detailing the recent increase in housing occupancy at ABAC, attributing it to an increase in four-year programs and a much larger student retention rate.
Things such as the newly added honors halls and Stafford Hall helped ABAC dorms exceed the amount of students that were originally expected.
One of the programs contributing to the increase in enrollment, according to Dr. Bridges, was the Rural Studies program. Liberal Arts Dean Bobby Robinson says the degree started out as an experiment and has resulted in a great payoff. Hiring rates for ABAC rural studies students is currently at 100 percent, a rarity in the liberal arts field.
ABAC’s growth in today’s economic downturn is a rarity in itself. Across the board, colleges are showing a decrease in enrollment, but ABAC’s relatively low tuition when compared to similar colleges is driving growth.
Bridges said that the increase in housing would positively benefit student life. He announced that there were currently plans to transition the Thrash Gymnasium into a recreational center for students, though he did not give specifics on the plan.
Bridges was also proud to announce that the amount students transferring into ABAC was up 40 percent over last year, making it the biggest year for a college that has been traditionally known for sending students to other colleges. This increase, he believed, shows that ABAC’s transition into a four-year college has worked and benefitted the school greatly.