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Jacksonville College enrollment increases by 22%

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JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - While Lon Morris College may have closed its doors, there's one college in Jacksonville that is continuing to grow.

"I went to Lon Morris and it closed down. So, I had to find somewhere else to go to school," said Ashunta Stewart.

Ashunta Stewart of Henderson is one of 35 students who came to the college after Lon Morris shut down this summer because of financial issues.

"I like the small class sizes, I like that my teachers are more hands on," said Stewart.

The school's enrollment is setting records.

"Since last Fall, we've increased by about 22.5%," said Dr.Clark.

Dr. Tampa Clark said that percentage translates into more than 100 new students.

"The first thing I hear that attracts students to Jacksonville College is the small size. They like the fact they have easy access to instructors, they like the fact they can walk across the campus and we know their name, they're not a number, they're a name," said Dr.Clark.

The college has also added a number of music programs and sports programs, such as tennis and golf.

One of the most attractive drawing points to the college may be its low tuition compared to other two year institutions.

"They tend to stay close to home and enjoy the small classes and a lower price tag," said Clark.

Rebekah Parsons is a Jacksonville College legacy. Her whole family went to the college.

She's excited to see it's continued growth.

"Way more people, so many people, all the classes are full now," said Parsons.

The classes are full and more people than ever are earning a degree.

"I'll get my associates in criminal justice from here," said Stewart.

Jacksonville College was founded in 1899. At the time, there were only 34 students. Now, there's 560 students.

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