Motlow College in Smyrna eyes a huge increase in enrollment

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Eagleville High School graduate Dayton Hendrix proudly displays his status during Welcome Week student activities on the Smyrna Center campus.

Fueled by an astonishing 60 percent increase at the Smyrna Center, Motlow College began the first week of fall 2015 classes as the fastest growing college in the state of Tennessee.

That's not just community colleges, but rather all public universities, community colleges and Tennessee colleges of applied technology (TCAT) under the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system. Motlow welcomed a larger percentage increase of students than any other.

After three days of classes, Motlow's enrollment is 5,249 students, a nine percent increase over the 4,822 during the same period in 2014. The full-time numbers are more impressive. College-wide full-time, which is a formula that determines how many students are attending full-time, is 3,576, compared with 2,995 last year; a 19.4 percent increase.


Smyrna Center's full-time after three days of classes is 1,494.3 for this year compared to 934.1 in fall 2014. Headcount at the center is 2,093 compared to 1,722 last year. The full-time percentage increase is 60, while the headcount increase in Smyrna is 21.5 percent.

Motlow's other three campuses also saw significant increases in full-time. The McMinnville Center grew at a 30.6 percent rate, Moore County's increase is 24.2 percent and the Fayetteville Center grew at a 23.1 percent rate.



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