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Lindsey Wilson College student enrollment tops 3K for 1st time

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Lindsey Wilson College has experienced a record-setting start to the new academic year. The 119-year-old liberal arts college reached its largest-ever total enrollment with 3,097 students enrolled for fall 2022. This number is a 19% increase over the previous fall and exceeds LWC's prior enrollment record of more than 2,700 students set in 2020.

LWC has also achieved its highest-ever, first-year student retention rate. More than 70% of first-time LWC students decided to return to the College for a second year. That number represents a 6% increase over the previous record.

"We are incredibly pleased with enrollment this fall," said Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams. "We know from national trends there are fewer graduating high school seniors pursuing higher education and we also know that jobs are plentiful. So we are not only competing with other institutions but also with workforce opportunities."


In addition to strong enrollment for the incoming freshman class, the historical growth can be attributed to LWC's largest-ever enrollment of graduate students. More than 1,350 students are currently enrolled in LWC graduate programs. That number denotes a 64% increase in graduate student enrollment over the previous fall.

"The importance of the graduate enrollment increase cannot be overstated," said Adams. "...we have also been encouraged by the numbers at the returning undergraduate and doctoral level. Our student retention rate remains robust which means students are finding value in what they are experiencing and re-enrolling."

The nearly 3,100 students represent enrollment from more than 43 U.S. states and 49 countries with students attending class on the Columbia, Kentucky, A.P. White Campus; online; in blended programming; and at one of the 11 extended sites located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

"I am proud of everyone in every area of LWC but never have I been more proud of our admissions teams," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "For two years, the student recruiting environment has been chaotic and uncertain. This achievement is a reflection of their talent and perseverance."

And Luckey says the value of an LWC education and the strength of its academic programs should also be commended.

"These impressive numbers tell us that our mission still resonates with students," said Luckey. "Our academic programs are led by engaging faculty who are experts in their fields. Our alums are leaving LWC and outperforming the very best in medical and law school, engineering studies, education, business, nursing and so many other career and professional paths. It's an exciting time to be at LWC."


This story was posted on 2022-09-19 18:47:58
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LWC welcomes 13 new faculty members for fall 2022 semester



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Pictured (in no particular order) are:
  • Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development David Moran
  • Instructor of Communication Laura Burwash
  • Director of Graduate Studies/Associate Professor of Business Steve Hallman
  • Assistant Professor of History Lucas Somers
  • Instructor of Music and Band Director Anthony Baird
  • Assistant Professor of Education Kristina Andrews
  • Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development Charles Shephard
  • Associate Professor of Technology Management Melissa Carlton
  • Instructor of Art Karly Flynn
  • Assistant Professor of Business Christopher Hubbard
Not pictured:
  • Instructor of Nursing Jamie Owens
  • Professor of Biology Sara Ash
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Academic Growth/Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter

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LWC Bonner Scholars at LWC orientation



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC Bonner Scholars arrive early for orientation activities. Students receiving the Bonner Scholarship commit to a service-learning project with a local community organization during their four years as undergraduate students. Members of the LWC Bonner Scholars are excited for a full schedule of service opportunities after COVID-19 limited their activities for two years.

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Sadie Kemp on move-in day at Lindsey Wilson College



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Incoming freshman Sadie Kemp from Columbia puts the final touches on her new room in Phillips Hall during Opening Weekend on the A.P. White Campus in August. Kemp is a Bonner Scholar and plans to study elementary education. LWC total student enrollment surpassed 3,000 students for the first time in College history.

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Pancakes with Professors at LWC



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Associate Professor of History Beth Tapscott, left, and education sophomore Kelsey (KJ) Summers from Decatur, Georgia, get to know each other during Pancakes with Professors, a Welcome Week event hosted by LWC Student Government Association and Happy Cow Cafe in Columbia. Students and faculty met up for pancakes, coffee and conversation. Students were welcomed in August to a full week of events and activities to help them ease into college and campus life.

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LWC Class of 2026 tops 3,000 students



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC Class of 2026 gathers on the campus quadrangle for a photo to commemorate their first move-in day at LWC. The incoming freshman class is part of the largest-ever student body in the history of the 119-year-old liberal arts college. A record 3,097 students enrolled for fall 2022. This number is a 19% increase over the previous fall and exceeds LWC's prior enrollment record of more than 2,700 students set in 2020.

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Slip-n-slide kickball at LWC



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Communication and media studies senior Haven Crawford from Louisville, left, and business and communication senior Jacqueline Oliphant from Corbin, Kentucky take part in slip-n-slide kickball during 2022 Welcome Week at LWC. Crawford and Oliphant are members of the Student Government Association executive cabinet. Students arrived in August to a full week of events and activities to help them ease into college and campus life.

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Ringing the Bell to start the 2022-23 Academic Year



2022-09-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., rings the victory bell on the campus quadrangle signifying the start of the 2022-23 academic year. LWC announced record enrollment, surpassing 3,000 total students for the first time in College history. A record first-year student retention rate and a 64% increase in graduate student enrollment can be attributed to the historical growth.

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