Central Baptist College Reports Highest Traditional Incoming Class for Fall 2021

September 16, 2021

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Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 in higher education, Central Baptist College (CBC) saw one of its highest numbers of incoming traditional students. The institution reported a 13.5% increase in new traditional student population.   This includes first-time entering students (freshman, transfer students, re-admitted students and transient students). “Over the last 10 years, we’ve only seen this kind of increase a few times,” reports Ryan Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment Management.  “Our Admissions team has worked very hard along with the entire campus to recruit and retain our students.  We are very pleased we surpassed a previous, pre-pandemic year, new student record high from 2018.”


With the traditional student increase, CBC also saw an increase in housing. This year CBC saw a 23% increase in students living on campus. “Normally we see a small increase in housing each year, but this year our numbers surpassed our expectations,” says Chris Mitchell, Dean of Students.


When asked about the increase in housing, Terry Kimbrow, President of CBC said, “Seeing more students living on campus is exactly what we love to see. Research has shown that residential living is vital to student’s success. We hope that adding this piece to their college experience will indeed help them succeed at CBC.”


The CBC Admissions team is already working towards 2022. Our personal admissions officers are already attending recruiting events and hosting in-person tours. Our first Stampede Preview Day of 2021 is scheduled for October 20. Prospective students can register for any of our four upcoming Stampede Preview Days at cbc.edu/visit.


The college is also accepting applications for our adult education program. With 8 different enrollment periods, the PACE program is designed to fit any schedule. Students can begin the admission process for both programs by visiting cbc.edu/apply.


Central Baptist College is committed to transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment, and is a four-year, private, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. CBC offers approximately 40 baccalaureate degree programs, 16 athletic teams that compete in the AMC conference of the NAIA, and 6 fine arts performance groups. For more information about CBC visit cbc.edu.