Students admitted to Jamestown College this year became students of the University of Jamestown on Wednesday, as the school announced a long-considered name change with much fanfare.
“It’s going to be a great journey forward,” President Bob Badal told faculty, staff, students and media at the Reiland Fine Arts Auditorium.
Badal emphasized the school’s long tradition as a private liberal arts college founded by Presbyterian settlers in 1883, and referred to the school’s recent advances — enrollment projections for a head count of 1,000 students, partnerships with institutions abroad and an increasingly diverse student population.
He also referred to the school’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which begins Tuesday with a class of 26 students, at the college’s satellite facility in Fargo. The program was granted the status of Candidate for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in July, meaning it can matriculate students in technical and professional courses. The school also offers a master’s degree in education and an online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.