Asbury Seminary Celebrates Seven Years of Growth and Record-Breaking Enrollment
Asbury Theological Seminary announces seven consecutive years of enrollment growth with students from around the world seeking to become “theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women.” Asbury Seminary officially welcomed 515 new students for the fall semester of 2020 for a total enrollment of 1,806 students. The Seminary not only increased its new student enrollment for the seventh straight year, but also surpassed the previous enrollment record of 1,741 total students in 2004.
“As we approach our 100 year anniversary in 2023, I am incredibly grateful for the students that God has brought to Asbury Seminary and for the work and cross-systems in place within the Seminary community that have allowed us to grow our enrollment as a team,” Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, said. “We are realizing our goals of serving the global church, increasing accessibility to those in ministry around the world, developing a diverse and missionally-oriented student body, as well as equipping men and women to be pastors and leaders.”
Not only did Asbury Seminary continue its consistent growth this year, but the Seminary also welcomed students from 44 states, 50 countries and 84 denominations. Some of the countries represented include India, Kenya, and Japan.
As part of Asbury Seminary Global, the Seminary is committed to educating students in the contexts in which they live and serve. The Seminary currently has locations in Memphis, Tenn.; Tulsa, Okla.; Wilmore, Ky.; Orlando, Fla.; and most recently in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Seminary offers classes in a variety of formats—on-campus, online, and on-site—to afford students the ability to pursue their degrees in a residential, cohort, hybrid or online environment that incorporates on-campus intensives. The Seminary currently has more than 600 online students.
“We are very excited to be able to increase accessibility to students who want to continue serving while pursuing a degree and to welcome those who may not be able to move to our Kentucky campus,” Kevin Bish, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services, said. “We embrace the privilege of preparing students to lead, preach and serve wherever God is calling them as we live into the vision of The Whole Bible for the Whole World.”
Asbury Seminary has more than 11,000 alumni serving in every time zone around the world through social justice initiatives, government, art, mission organizations, education and the church. Alumni of the Seminary serve in 76 countries, all 50 states, and in more than 148 denominations.