Adrian College boosts enrollment with ambitious athletic programming

Dec 1, 2015

Small liberal arts colleges around the country have been struggling to keep up enrollment, but Adrian College in southeast Michigan has managed to increase enrollment by investing in a multitude of sports programs. We talk to the president of Adrian College, Dr. Jeffrey Docking.


East Lansing native Dr. Jeffrey Docking became the president of Adrian College in 2005. At that time, enrollment had been dropping and the college was losing money. Docking hatched a plan to revitalize the college, not by cutting back, but by spending on sports. And it worked.

By 2012, Adrian had reached record enrollment. U.S. News and World Report has twice ranked Adrian College as the #1 Up and Coming Baccalaureate Institution in the Midwest, and ranked it in the Top 20 Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest.

Current State talks with Dr. Jeffrey Docking about Adrian College’s comeback.