Due to difficult economic conditions, colleges across the state are seeing a decline in enrollment numbers. At Tiffin University, however, enrollment is up. In one year, TU has enjoyed a 7.4 percent increase and a 92-percent increase during nine years.
Largest freshman class
The university also welcomed 447 new freshmen to the Tiffin campus for the 2012 fall semester, which is the largest freshman class in the history of the university. According to President Dr. Paul Marion, “The size of our freshman class has grown each year, and the current class represents a 71 percent increase over the 262 new freshmen who entered in the fall of 2003. As TU’s academic reputation continues to increase, we find that more and more students are choosing Tiffin.”
Today, there are 120 international students attending Tiffin University representing 32 countries. The countries represented include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom and Venezuela. International students often choose Tiffin University because they want an affordable, yet challenging academic program on a safe, friendly campus. It is TU’s goal to provide that cultural and academic experience while it prepares students to enter the global workplace. This year, the university officially inducted the flags of Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Togo, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan during the annual International Flag Ceremony.
Military friendly school
Victory Media has named Tiffin University to its 2013 Military Friendly Schools list. It honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as they transition to civilian life as students. Inclusion on the 2013 list shows that Tiffin University has a strong commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students, says Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. The schools on the list offer programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Graduation rate noted
Tiffin University was noted in a new report from The Education Trust that states which colleges and universities have shown the most progress in improving the graduation rates of African-Americans students. Sharon Perry-Nause, director of institutional diversity at TU, says, “Our ability to increase graduation rates of African-American learners is a result of our dedication and implementation of appropriate structures, which foster organizational commitment to diversity. The recognition confirms the success of our efforts in establishing institutional policies, procedures and practices that visibly reflect our level of commitment.” Facilities A residence hall for sophomores was constructed recently, a science laboratory was created, the Cole Dining Hall was expanded, the athletic training room and the weight room in the Hanson Fitness Center were enlarged, a new wrestling facility was created, and the newest building, the Heminger (recreation) Center, opened its doors this year.
Tiffin University is a place of renowned academic strength within a friendly college town surrounded by the natural beauty of Ohio. Many students find that Tiffin University is an inviting place to pursue academic goals while participating in personal, recreational and scenic exploration. All students study alongside professors who engage and encourage them to help them discover their individual leadership potential. Tiffin University will continue to represent a new kind of institution in America, the professional university, at which the career objectives of traditional college-age students and adult students are optimized through professionally-focused undergraduate and graduate programs that have a broad general education foundation.
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