Record number of students taking classes at Evangel University this semester

Every year, an increasing number of individuals opt to pursue a college degree, many at Christian colleges and universities. According to 2012 Census data, in 2005, a total of 17,487 people were enrolled in an institution of higher education. By 2010, estimates suggest this figure hit 20,550, which would mark a 17 percent increase over the five-year span.

Individual schools across the country are also noticing steep increases in their enrollment. Evangel University, for example, recently announced that it reached a record number of students for its spring semester for the second consecutive year. According to the school, a total of 2,006 students are currently enrolled, hailing from states across the country. Last spring, 1,910 students took classes at the Christian university.

The fall 2011 semester also broke school records, as 2,168 students enrolled in the university.

Andy Denton, vice president for enrollment management, said these increasing numbers are the result of the hard work of faculty, staff and recruitment officials.

"We are very pleased to maintain strong enrollment this spring," Denton said in a statement.