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RIVERSIDE (Sept. 25, 2015)—Fall 2015 enrollment at California Baptist University set another record with 8,541 students—a 7.3 percent increase above the fall 2014 enrollment figure, President Ronald L. Ellis announced today.

Additionally, this year's record enrollment marks a significant milestone, surpassing the university's "8080 by 2020" enrollment goal—five years earlier than scheduled. The goal was set in 2005 to reach 10 times the number of students enrolled (808) when Dr. Ellis began his tenure as president in 1994. The new figure represents a 1057 percent increase over 1994 enrollment.

"By shattering the 8,080 by 2020 goal, fall 2015 is an historic enrollment increase on top of a sustained two decades of significant increases," Ellis said.

This year's triple digit increase follows three years of 600-plus increases of 610, 698, and 618; a one-year, four digit increase of 1,113; and last year's three digit increase of 813. With the latest year-to-year increase of 584, CBU enrollment over the past six years has grown 4,436 students on a base of 4,105 in fall 2009—a 108% increase in six years.

CBU currently offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations as well as more than 40 graduate programs. And this year for the first time, CBU will offer two new doctorate programs—in Nursing Practice and Public Administration.

Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities and the Consortium for Global Education.