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Over the past few years William Carey University has seen significant growth in enrollment. With a record setting graduating class this year, the private university is booming for the next school year.

Nearly 800 students received degrees from William Carey over the weekend.

For the fourth consecutive year, the university has seen growth in graduation and enrollment rates.

University president Dr. Tommy King says the university will have about 400 graduates in August. This will be the fifth year in a row that the school has topped a thousand graduates in one year.

"In the fall of 2007, we had 2,750 students enrolled. This past  fall we topped 4,100," says King.

King became president of the university in February of 2007. Since then the university has seen a 46 percent increase in enrollment. He attributes part of that to its medical school.

"We had 2,246 applications for 100 seats."

King says the university's music and nursing programs have also seen an increase, causing some strains on campus.

"That large increase in enrollment has put a real strain on our facilities, so that's why we are undertaking [a project] to build four additional building this year."

WCU will build a chapel, a school of business building, a college of osteopathic medicine wing and a gymnasium. Another addition is a women's residence hall that should be finished in August.

"The housing office already told me they had it filled up," says King.

Another issue with increased enrollment is parking. King says additional parking will come with the four new buildings on campus.

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