There is no better time than now to become a Battler at Alderson Broaddus. The excitement on the mountaintop is contagious as the College continues to grow its enrollment through athletics, new academic programs, and extracurricular activities.

Zachary Ward, director of admissions, says the momentum is soaring.

“We have already received 4,570 applications for the fall of 2013,” says Ward. “This already exceeds the total number of applications from the fall 2012 cohort which was 3,726. We have also exceeded last year’s total number of students admitted which, today, is over 1,700.”

The small campus welcomed its largest incoming class of over 400 freshmen and 47 transfer students last fall. The campus, which sat stagnant at the 600 mark of total students, reached an impressive 870 this year. With a new enrollment growth model in place, Alderson Broaddus can expect to sustain these large numbers, growing the student body to 1,000 within the next two years.

“We are expecting to reach a goal of 450 new students on campus next fall,” said Ward. “And given the numbers today, we are right on track to hit that mark.”

With new students comes new campus construction. To accommodate the larger class sizes, Alderson Broaddus broke ground in October on four new residence halls. This residential village will feature suite and apartment style living, housing 400+ upperclassmen. Renovations of all existing residence halls will take place over the summer which includes new furniture in every room.

The $6.5 million multi-sport performance stadium, complete with overhead lights, chair back seats, and a double decker home section, will also be finished in August. The complex, which supports football, men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse, marching band, color guard, cheerleaders and dance team, has been designed and constructed to allow a future air dome to be placed on site, allowing students to use the facility year-round.

Students can anticipate new changes in the academic offerings as well. This summer, the nursing department will launch an RN-BSN degree that can be completed 100% online. Other new programs in the works include entrepreneurial studies and an improved bachelor’s degree in sport management. AB will also announce soon the offering of additional master’s degrees.

“These new programs will join our historical niche in nursing, physician assistant, music, biology, environmental science, business, and criminal justice,” said Ward.

One thing not changing any time soon is the cost of tuition. The price tag is $29,976 and with over 80% of students receiving academic scholarships and 99% qualifying for financial aid, an AB education is affordable. With the amount of aid students receive, AB becomes a private school experience at a public school cost.

Amy King, director of financial aid, says offering great academics at a great cost is crucial in recruiting and retaining students.

“While most of our peers are increasing tuition costs, Alderson Broaddus remains committed to being affordable,” says King. “We are in the midst of implementing our affordability initiative which includes freezing the direct cost of education, reducing and capping student loan debt, and maintaining ‘time-to-degree’, a concept which aids students in obtaining a four-year bachelor’s degree in four years.”

The four years a college student spends inside the classroom is paired with co-curricular opportunities outside the classroom. AB engages its students in study abroad programs, athletic events, student organizations, internships, and the opportunity for volunteer and mission work.

The increase in athletic programs has also positioned the Battlers to have the largest athletic department in the state of West Virginia. AB has 27 athletic and spirit teams, 16 of which are brand new since 2011. One of these new traditions is the marching band which is set to bring a dynamic atmosphere to football games.

"No football game is complete without an outstanding marching band along with the majorettes, color guard, dance, and cheer squads,” says Dennis Creehan, athletic director and head football coach. “The football team hopes to be the best ally for the marching band and we look forward to all of the new and exciting traditions that the band and football team will share together."

With the increase in athletic and academic programs, the tagline of Alderson Broaddus echoes true more than ever: You can do that here. Students can receive a top tier education, at an affordable cost, while participating in any of the 27 athletic programs, numerous extracurricular activities, campus organizations, and intramurals.

Creehan, King, and Ward all agree, “It’s a great day to be a Battler!”

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