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Morthland College in West Frankfort, IL shows growth

Morthland College opened its doors to students in 2011. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Morthland College opened its doors to students in 2011. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - Leaders at a small Christian college in West Frankfort, Illinois say they have plans to expand the school in the near future.

Talks about founding a new college began in 2008 and with community support the college opened its doors to students in 2011, according to Morthland College president and founder Dr. Tim Morthland.

“In many ways West Frankfort is redefining themselves around a college town," Morthland said. “We see the community coming around it and jobs are being created and it's very fulfilling."

The college has grown from just 11 students in the fall of 2011 to 85 students in the spring of 2015.

“And it's been a journey since then," Morthland said.

The college now offers undergraduate degrees in classics, biblical studies, business administration, computer information systems and biological sciences.

While Morthland is not a Bible college, its academic program centers around the biblical ethical principals, Morthland said.

“We've tapped into I think a desire of families to reach back and to lay at the foundation of scholastics number and and number two is an ethical foundation, for many people that would be a Christian core," Morthland said.

Morthland said the college has big plans in its future.

This week the college broke ground on a dormitory that will house 68 students and has already been filled for the fall semester. Morthland said the college also has plans to build a field house and a library.

The small Christian college also has athletics, their mascot is the patriot.

“It creates a lot of campus culture and it'll play a big role for our fall semester," Morthland said.

The school has recently introduced football and currently has men's basketball, baseball and bowling and women's basketball, volleyball, softball. Morthland said the school will introduce golf in the fall of 2015.

The college has 50 full time employees and 25 part time staff and 70 percent of the teaching faculty hold doctoral degrees.

Morthland said the college is determined to be accessible. Tuition is $12,000 per year and it will cost $500 per month to live in the dormitory.

The current psychical library collection is near 60,000; and thanks to a recent donation, the collection will reach around 100,000 by the end of the summer.

Morthland said the majority of students attending Morthland are coming to the college from a 100 mile radius. One hundred forty students are expected to attend in the fall.

“We always give credit to God for his help. We believe that's a big part of what's happening," Morthland said.

In the school's 10 year plan, Morthland said he hopes to see 2,100 student on campus.

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