LWC Set to Open '13-14 School Year with Another Record Enrollment
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 [4:13 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Columbia's population will
swell by more than 25 by mid-August. That's because more than 1,150
students are expected to move into Lindsey Wilson College residence
halls for the 2013-14 school year, adding to the city's more than
LWC's opening weekend is Aug. 17-18, and fall classes
will begin the week of Aug. 19 on the A.P. White Campus. (Click here for Opening Week schedules.)
Last year, a record 2,677 students -- including 1,099
residential students -- attended LWC. College officials expect even
more students to enroll this fall, which will be noticed on campus
and throughout Columbia-Adair County.
"You'll see more people in stores, which might make for
longer lines but it will mean more money being pumped into the
local economy," said LWC Vice President of Student Services &
Enrollment Management Dean Adams, whose office oversees enrolling
students and settling them into campus.
After residential students move in, a myriad of
activities and events will introduce them to the LWC family and
"We welcome students as soon as they move on to campus,"
said LWC Director of Student Activities Jayne Hopkins, the organizer of opening week
activities and events. "In the first few days, students will meet
with academic advisers, resident assistant and get to know other
"So much of college life happens outside of the
classroom. That's why we put such an emphasis on bringing students
together, so they can get together in various informal settings and
begin to forge new relationships and friendships."
Opening week activities also help freshmen from coming
down with an acute case of homesickness, said LWC Assistant Dean of
Students Andy McAllister.
"If we didn't offer students a lot of programming, many
of them would get homesick because so many of our freshmen are
first-generation college students, and many of them will be away
from home for an extended period for the first time," McAllister
said. "Opening week events do a great job introducing students,
especially the freshmen, to college life."
Since the 2008-09 school year, LWC's residential
population has exploded by almost 60 percent. That's a testament to
the the liberal arts college's growing reputation, both in the
region and through Kentucky, according to McAllister.
"A lot of this growth is because Lindsey Wilson's
reputation has evolved so much," he said. "Potential students and
other people in the region see how we are focused on our mission,
and they are impressed with the academic programs we've added."
During this summer's five orientation days for new
incoming students, McAllister said he was struck by what he heard
from students as well as parents of incoming students.
"Just listening to some of our incoming students it was
really interesting to hear them talk about how much they like the
campus' atmosphere, and they also like that they are not a number
here," he said. "They like the connections and relationships
students can build with faculty and staff."
For more information about LWC opening
week events, click here.