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Southwestern College Sees Record Enrollment For Fall Semester

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The Southwestern College administration building.

A small four-year private college in Winfield, south of Wichita, has experienced record enrollment this fall.

Southwestern College has enrolled 272 new students, more than half of the total student body.

College spokeswoman Kadee Riggs-Johnson says the school, which has an overall enrollment of about 500, attributes the growth to robust recruiting, and possibly, a newly added baseball program.

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The view atop the steps of the Southwestern College administration building.

"We say often that we’re small, but we're not rinky-dink and we offer an amazing experience to students that’s transformative and allows them to grow and to meet their potential," Riggs-Johnson says.

Riggs-Johnson says Southwestern plays up the small town atmosphere. The Winfield community joins in by hosting events for students throughout the year.

The college also makes sure to take prospective students up the 77 steps of the administration building overlooking the campus and the Walnut Valley.

"You know, I kind of say we’ve kind of got a competitive advantage on watching sunsets here," Riggs-Johnson says.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.