Trevecca Nazarene University is one of them.
Students and administrators just celebrated the school’s fourth year of consecutive enrollment growth this year and topped 1,000 online students for the first time in university history.
The Murfreesboro corridor surrounding the school is growing with it.
“It has grown so much. Just the whole area in general – with the apartments that we have put up with Nashville, there’s always a skyscraper going up," said Trevecca Senior Alana Grimaud.
That growth is affecting growth on campus.
"We’re beginning to see the Murfreesboro Road corridor just explode with growth and we’ve been able to be a part of that. Trevecca has built a subdivision of about 36 houses, and then we’ve just completed a new apartment complex, 126-units in that, a lot of our Trevecca employees live in that. So we’re a part of rebuilding a neighborhood around the campus," explained Dr. Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University.
In 2012, there were 2,472 students enrolled. That number increased to 2,406 in 2013, 2,606 in 2014, 2,640 in 2015, 3,221 in 2016 and 3,620 in 2017.
Even more students are expected this year.
Trevecca’s African American population has grown 174 percent in the past 10 years, and the Hispanic population has grown 674 percent.
“I’m a part of a lot of organizations here on campus, clubs, and as a leader I’ve seen the growth. I’ve seen a lot of students come in basically regardless of their status, regardless of their background, regardless of their financial situation just like me when I came in," said Trevecca senior, Sofia Guerrero.
There’s also diversity in sports.
“I get to play with tons of international students. We have English people, obviously American, one guy from Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Germany, Irish people, just so many different cultures," said Trevecca Junior, Nicolas Reinhard.
Dr. Boone believes the “brand” of Trevecca is attracting students.
He said, “The sense that we are an unapologetically Christian university, right in the heart of a great city and we talk about being exactly who we are the news spreads, and we just see a lot more students coming.”
The university’s online courses are becoming particularly attractive.
The number of online students has grown 508 percent since fall 2014. There were 165 online students in 2014, 311 in 2015, 719 in 2016 and 1,003 in 2017.
“Trevecca was the first in the state of Tennessee to provide an online degree completion program in management and human relations. So that has continued for us across the years. Now we’ve been able to add several other online opportunities, one in health leadership, health management, the psychology program has moved all the way to a PhD level in counseling. Our educational programs have moved to doctoral levels, we’ve seen all of those programs grow," Dr. Boone told News 2.
The online program has grown to the level that school leaders are now opening sites in Atlanta.
There is also a plan to add an electrical engineering degree program at Trevecca in the next couple of years.
There were 12 campus projects completed during the last year, including construction of Pulliam Plaza, the renovation of Wakefield Fine Arts Building and Wise Hall and the relocation of the Office of Academic Records.