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Franciscan Pilgrims' Progress

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

First-Time Freshmen, Total Enrollment, and Graduate Students All Reach Record Highs

by Mark Apple | Aug 21, 2013

This week, Marian University welcomed more students than ever before. Enrollment for the fall semester has reached a record high. This achievement comes in the midst of reports of declining enrollment at institutions of higher education across the nation.

Total enrollment is expected to exceed 2,600 students by the September 15 census date, when official enrollment numbers are reported. That will top the previous record of 2,582 students, recorded in fall 2012. This year’s enrollment is bolstered by Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, which contributes 162 first-year medical students to the total enrollment number.

Perhaps most impressive is the record number of first-time, full-time freshmen who will attend this semester. This week, 333 first-time, full-time freshmen started classes, an all-time record at the university and an 11 percent increase over last year.

"We see this remarkable enrollment growth as further evidence that our students, their parents, and the many donors that are investing in Marian University see value in the quality academic programs and supportive environment we provide,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said. “Marian University is building a great Catholic university in a great American city for service to this state and beyond, and a lot of people want to be a part of that mission.”

Marian University is also expecting record enrollment for its graduate programs. That number should exceed 300, not including the students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University post baccalaureate programs are offered through the university’s Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership.

“We’re obviously excited about our record enrollment, but we’re equally proud of the quality of student that will be attending Marian University this fall,” President Elsener said. “We are truly educating future leaders for health care, business, education, and the Church.”

This year’s freshman class comprises students from 17 states. Not surprisingly, Indiana leads that list, followed by Illinois and Ohio. Students from as far away as Texas and Washington will also be attending Marian University this fall.

The highly regarded Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing continues to have the largest enrollment at the university, with 75 freshmen currently enrolled in the program. The School of Mathematics and Sciences’ biology program, the Byrum School of Business’ marketing and management programs, and the School of Education and Exercise Science’s elementary education program round out the top five most popular majors with this year’s freshman class.

                
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