Since hitting a low point of 21,025 in 1964, enrollment in seminaries holding membership in the American Association of Theological Schools (AATS) has been slowly gaining. It appears to have reached a plateau over the past two academic years.

Institutions reporting in both 1968 and 1969—not including nineteen new AATS schools—had an increase of one-half of one half of one per cent: 28,033 in 1968 and 28,177 in 1969. All 171 U. S. and Canadian schools represented pushed the AATS total enrollment to a new high of 29,690.

Interestingly—but perhaps not significantly—seventeen non-AATS seminaries surveyed by CHRISTIANITY TODAY show an upturn of 9.8 per cent in enrollment from 1968 to 1969. The schools—all with at least fifty students currently enrolled—had a total of 2,178 students a year ago last fall, and 2,391, or 213 more, in the fall of 1969.

Figures supplied to CHRISTIANITY TODAY (see chart below) include candidates for the master of divinity degree (which is rapidly replacing the B.D.), or its equivalent, as well as students in post-graduate, continuing-education, and (in several cases) non-degree programs.


The largest non-AATS seminary (and one of the ten largest seminaries in the nation) is Dallas, with a record enrollment of 445 last fall, up seventeen from the previous year’s 428.

Information was requested from non-AATS seminaries thought to have at least fifty students. One of the seventeen queried, Bob Jones Graduate School of Religion, refused to release any information. It was learned, however, that the graduate school of religion there has 130 students in various programs, most of which are one year in duration. A master of divinity degree is offered at Bob Jones and normally ...

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