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Enrollment up at Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene’s three universities begin their fall semester this week.

At Hardin-Simmons University administrators are tracking a slight uptick in enrollment, after a few bumpy years with COVID, and changes to their programs. Vice President for Enrollment Management Travis Seekins says they’re pleased that the incoming class of new students is up even if it’s just a slight increase, “At this point, we’ll take it. We’re pleased with that. So yeah, we’re sitting about 2-3% ahead of last year’s numbers. Not where we’d like to be. But it’s nice that we’re finding a place of stability from which we can grow.” He says overall the university anticipates around 1,500 students on campus this year.

The university welcomed new students to campus last week wrapping up orientation activities with the annual Paint Wars, which included dodgeball, capture the flag, and a relay race. The winning team at the end of the night won bragging rights for the entire year for their respective color.

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