Christendom College kicked off its Spring semester on Monday, January 18, with a record spring enrollment. College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell made the announcement during his opening address to the student body, where he called on the record number of students to be “bearers of wisdom” in an increasingly secular world.
“You, as students here, are called to greatness, and are, through your education here, bearers of wisdom,” said O’Donnell. “I think each and every one of you here are great, and you have received the summons here to truly be great. You are not on the sidelines — you are on the front lines. You are not in a bubble — you are living in reality.”
The student body size of Christendom has expanded to 441 total undergraduate students — a 10% increase over last year’s spring enrollment. While other colleges are struggling to fill their classrooms and residence halls, Christendom continues to experience high demand from prospective students looking for the best in Catholic liberal arts education.
With the student body increasing in size, Christendom’s campus continues to expand in size as well. The college recently purchased 80 acres of land located between the south side of Campion Field and interstate 66. At the same time, the new women’s residence hall, St. Clare’s, is currently under construction, with a planned completion before the upcoming fall semester.
O’Donnell announced other exciting events, including the upcoming talk by famed Chesterton expert Dale Ahlquist as part of the college’s major speakers series and the production of Catholic director and playwright Leonardo Defilippis, “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” coming in April.
The college’s alumni networking series, “Life on Tap,” will be continuing this Spring, featuring successful alumni speakers in the field of federal government, editing, publishing, religious education, engineering, and neuroscience. The spring semester will close with special guests Dr. James Hitchcock and Edward Cardinal O’Brien, who will be honored at the college’s 2016 commencement exercises.