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LWC Set to Open '13-14 School Year with Another Record Enrollment

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 [4:13 PM]

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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 4,400 residents.

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 college life.

 

"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 students.

 

"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."

 

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