By Jill Johnson
Newberry College Targets Results After Graduation for Students
Since its founding in 1856, Newberry College has been preparing students for productive careers and meaningful lives. Flourishing alumni, along with record-breaking enrollment and rankings, are solid evidence the College continues to fulfill its mission.
Escalating enrollment and rankings
Fall 2016 semester saw Newberry reach a record high 381 incoming students, easing past its previous high water mark (set in 2014) of an incoming class of 379 students and bringing total enrollment to 1,070 students.
Newberry moved into the Top 20 for three different categories in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges report. The College grabbed the number three spot in Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South and number eight in Best Colleges for Veterans-Regional Colleges in the South. Newberry rocketed up the rankings to number 16 for Best Regional Colleges in the South (up from the number 41 spot in the 2016 rankings).
“The 2017 rankings reflect what we have known for many years,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “Our students don’t have to choose between quality and affordability for their education; they can have both at Newberry College.”
New career-focused majors expand employment prospects
Students increasingly feel the pressure to ensure their higher education investment puts them on a clear path to employment after graduation. Mindful of their concerns, Newberry College’s newest degree programs were developed in response to areas of study that are in high demand with prospective students and offer strong career prospects after graduation.
New majors in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Digital Marketing and Forensic Sciences are helping prepare students for careers in high-demand fields. Newberry also expanded its highly competitive nursing major – a program with an employment success rate of nearly 100 percent.
“Although our new degree programs are intentionally career-focused,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, vice president of Academic Affairs at Newberry College, “their liberal arts foundation helps students develop many of the “soft skills” employers value, such as critical thinking, flexibility and creativity.
Newberry will soon begin offering online degree-completion programs starting with a new RN to BSN program. Other online programs following soon include Healthcare Management, Psychology, Criminal Justice and Business Administration.
Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success
Newberry College prepares students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition through our supportive academic community for lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation, and engaged citizenship in the global society. Find out more at newberry.edu or call 1-800-845-4955.