PHILIPPI, W.Va. — For the first time since 2013, the incoming class has increased at Alderson Broaddus University.

AB President James T. Berry said in his State of the University address Tuesday this is exciting news for the university, particularly following the Higher Learning Commission placing the college on a probationary accreditation status this summer.

However, Berry said out of adversity often comes opportunity.

“Because of being on probation, we had to contact every current student, every prospective student, all our alumni, the media. We went up 19 percent in new student,” he said

Not only did AB increase its enrollment, but the incoming class retention rate also increased 2 percent from a year ago.

“We are excited to welcome the Class of 2021 to Alderson Broaddus University,” Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Shor said in a press release issued by the university. “I look forward to what this group will accomplish in their four years at Alderson Broaddus.”

The incoming class has representatives from 33 counties in West Virginia, 23 states and eight countries.

Despite graduating the largest class in the University’s history, overall enrollment has held steady.

“I would like to commend the Enrollment Management team for their efforts, but recruitment and retention are campus wide initiatives,” said Shor. “I would also like to thank the faculty, staff and administration for all their assistance in bringing the Class of 2021 to Alderson Broaddus.”​

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