FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is reporting the largest student body enrollment in the past five years, with a total enrollment of 3,259 for the 2012–13 academic year. In addition, the fall 2013 enrollment represents an increase of 5.8% over last fall. 

“Dr. Patterson’s vision to have a robust student life, high academic standards, plus some of the most innovative online offerings for theological education available, is paying off,” said Steven Smith, vice president for student services and communications at the seminary.

“We are thrilled by the number of incoming students, and also for the retention of existing students. The electric atmosphere of evangelism is so encouraging. We are excited to welcome these students who will be deployed to churches and mission fields to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

One area where Southwestern has experienced significant growth is with its innovative 36-hour, fully online Master of Theological Studies degree, which launched this past summer. In only its first semester, the program already has more than 170 students enrolled. Notable growth also came from the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions as well as the College at Southwestern.