Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on July 31, 2012 @ 7:28PM
Created on July 31, 2012 @ 6:50PM
It was just a year ago that Alderson-Broaddus College was seeing their normal decline in enrollment. Some additional sports teams turned that around very quickly, and now, they're expecting their biggest freshman class in years.
More than 400 freshman will be hitting the Philippi campus in a few weeks. 120 of them will be guys on the first football team. Other new teams include men and women lacrosse, men's volleyball and women's tennis.
Over the past year, the school has focused on three priority areas that would help them grow. They were enrollment, a more vibrant campus and a better academic experience.
There's a bunch of changes coming quickly but the school is prepared.
"We've been very engaged in trying to think through what potential challenges we'll have, how we'll have to respond to that kind of growth in the classroom," said Tanya Shelton, Vice President for Enrollment Management at A-B.
Area business owners are happy to see the growth. They said they need to capitalize on this.
"Let's face it, in these trying times now, things are tough and anything that anybody can do to grow, I'm all for it," said business owner John Mossesso.
Every bed the school has is full this year and they even had to add temporary dorm rooms to fit all the incoming students. Four permanent buildings will be up in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
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