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NOBTS enrollment numbers remain steady as 2,500 continue coursework


ATLANTA (BP) - An initial enrollment tally conducted by the New Orleans Seminary registrar's office revealed an overwhelming majority of students from the seminary's main campus have remained in school following Hurricane Katrina.

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating storm, NOBTS acted quickly to meet primary relief needs of students and their families. Seminary officials also put a great deal of effort into redesigning courses so students, who were scattered across the United States, could continue their fall semester.

The seminary's preliminary fall enrollment of about 2,500 students is only about 250 students below last year's record fall enrollment. Approximately 250 students withdrew from NOBTS after the hurricane, many of whom are sitting out a semester or two while rebuilding their personal lives.

Only 44 students transferred to other institutions. Many of the students who withdrew, and even some attending other schools, have expressed interest in returning to NOBTS when the campus reopens.

Since Sept. 9 the seminary's registrar's office has received 238 new student applications.