Felician Sees Another Year of Enrollment Growth Despite National Downward Trend

Oct 1, 2020

Now into week 3 of its Hyflex, Hybrid learning platform, with some students returning to on-campus face to face learning, Felician University is reporting its second straight year of enrollment growth. This year’s 13% increase in freshman enrollment, bucks a national downward trend caused by the COVID economy. According to Camille Braker-Balkum, Felician’s Director of Admissions, “Students and their families are recognizing the value of a Felician Franciscan education. We have seen tremendous growth and it is in part due to how we support our students in their pursuit of a quality liberal arts education.” Felician welcomed a total of 2223 students through its doors in fall of 2019 and 2407 students entered through the “virtual” doorways this year. Braker-Balkum also points to her staff’s ability to quickly pivot their traditional services to virtual as part of the reason for the enrollment increase. “The university’s leadership imparted a clear vision of how we should continue to support our prospective students during this pandemic. We deployed a recruitment plan that involved us swiftly transitioning our in-person services along with student and family engagement activities to virtual. I am extremely proud of my staff and grateful to university leadership for recognizing the challenges we were about to be confronted with and therefore immediately responding to a plan of action.”
About Felician University
Felician University engages over 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in arts & sciences, business, nursing, and education. Universal Franciscan values of social justice, compassion, and respect for human dignity serve as an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. Felician University’s education is ranked 3rd best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked #1 safest college campus in 2018 in the state by niche.com.Media Contact: Maura DeNicoladenicolam@felician.edu(201) 355-1433