Enrollment is down at Brevard College, but that doesn’t concern administration. College leadership would rather have a small student body that embraces the school’s vision and fits into its academic culture, than make accommodations for students who cannot thrive in that kind of environment. Brevard College offers experiential, hands-on learning with small class sizes, and students tend to be involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. Rather than just imparting academic material, instructors work to develop abilities and passions in students that they translate to positive impact. Efforts have been made to expand recruitment efforts geographically, one tool being offering half-tuition scholarships to students in all counties in Western North Carolina. Although administrators say the college is casting a broader net to capture the best-fitting students, enrollment is down to 675, having run anywhere between 701 and 729 in recent years. One factor blamed for falling enrollment is the school’s change from National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II to Division III, and that impacted retention more than new enrollment. Even though Division III schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, the college still has 18 NCAA and three non-NCAA teams, with 60% of students participating in athletics. Currently, the school has no interest in pushing enrollment beyond 850.