Bushnell University Celebrates Enrollment Surge for 2023-24

EUGENE, Ore. – Bushnell University is thrilled to announce record-breaking enrollment figures for the 2023-2024 academic year, marking a monumental achievement in the institution’s history. The university has seen unprecedented growth in various enrollment categories, reinforcing its commitment to academic excellence and student success. 

Michael Fuller, M.S., Vice President for Enrollment and Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning expressed his excitement, stating, “We are delighted to witness such a continued surge in enrollment at Bushnell University. Our record number of undergraduate and graduate students reflect the dedication of our faculty and staff, the appeal of our programs, and our commitment to providing an exceptional education.” 

The record enrollment for the 2023-2024 academic year includes many impressive highlights and milestones. 

Bushnell University is proud to report an all-time high in graduate enrollment, with 223 students choosing to further their education at the institution, besting the former high of 213 in 2019. This reflects the growing demand for advanced degree programs and the quality of education Bushnell offers. 

One particular program of note is the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, which has achieved an extraordinary enrollment of 135 students, a significant increase from the previous high of 91. This dramatic increase showcases the university’s dedication to training mental health professionals. 

Bushnell University also continues to be a top choice for undergraduate students, with a record-breaking enrollment of 403 for the upcoming academic year, beating last year’s high of 395. The institution’s strong academic programs and vibrant campus community continue to provide strong draws for undergraduates. 

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program has also shattered previous records with an enrollment of 42 students, compared to a former high of 26. The university remains committed to meeting the demand for skilled nurses in the healthcare sector by providing a variety of pathways into the industry. 

Alongside the traditional undergraduate programs, there has also been a remarkable growth of online and evening undergraduate programs, with 88 students enrolling this year, compared to 80 last year. 

The strong growth of these varied programs highlights Bushnell’s adaptability and forward-thinking in meeting the needs of our students. The university’s commitment to supporting diverse student needs is particularly pronounced with regard to two student demographics: transfer students and student-athletes. 

Bushnell has seen the highest number of transfer students in over two decades, with 59 new transfers joining a community that strives to facilitate a seamless transition to a new academic home. 

Bushnell has also seen record-breaking enrollment in the number of student-athletes. Further, athletics now boasts all-time high rosters in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s track and field, and indoor volleyball. The university’s support of athletics and student-athlete development is evident in the growth of these teams. Furthermore, the diverse range of sports reflects the university’s commitment to supporting all students. 

Kacie Gerdrum, M.A., Dean of Admission, commented on the growth of these programs: “Our dedicated staff and faculty have worked tirelessly to recruit and retain a diverse and talented group of students. These record-breaking numbers are a testament to our collaborative efforts across campus in building a strong, vibrant community.” 

To learn more about Bushnell University, visit www.bushnell.edu 

Read more stories behind Bushnell’s record enrollment figures: 

Bushnell Launches Sports Management Graduate Program  

Bushnell’s Master of Arts in Leadership Degree Ranked as One of the Most Affordable in Oregon 

ABSN Enrollment Expansion and PeaceHealth Partnership 

Douglas ESD and Bushnell Partnership Provides Expansion of Counseling and Mental Health Programs 

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