by Frank Brazell
As colleges and universities nationwide have struggled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace College of Divinity is pleased to report that the Fall 2020 semester is our largest-ever in terms of students enrolled. Forbes.com reported survey results in May indicating that “four-year schools are going to experience undergraduate enrollment declines of 15% to 40%.” GCD’s Fall 2020 enrollment is up over 20% from the Fall 2019 semester.
In recent years, GCD has experienced significant growth among online students, many of whom had no prior connection to GCD or our affiliated local churches. The addition of multiple Graduate programs and our new Doctor of Ministry have already equipped ministry leaders to take the next step in Kingdom effectiveness. GCD also recently welcomed two new sites offering on-campus instruction at Valley Community Church in Weldon, North Carolina and GraceLife Church in Columbia, South Carolina. In a time of great uncertainty and cultural upheaval, our commitment to advance the Kingdom of God is meeting the challenge of our times by equipping leaders to be effective in their spheres of influence.