Lindsey Wilson sets record enrollment

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By The Staff

For the first time in college history, Lindsey Wilson College has enrolled more than 2,000 students.

The college's enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year is 2,003 - a record for the 105-year-old liberal arts college.

"It's absolutely amazing how quickly this college continues to grow," said William T. Luckey Jr., who is in his 11th year as college president.

"This record is a result of literally dozens of people on campus working together - faculty, staff and an incredibly hard-working admissions office - to make it happen."

This year's enrollment is an 8.5 percent increase over Lindsey Wilson's 2007-2008 enrollment of 1,846.

A reason for the 8.5 percent increase is because "more students are hearing about Lindsey Wilson's outstanding education programs," said Dean of Admissions Traci Pooler.

"Today's college students want to attend a school with outstanding academic programs, top-notch faculty and a vibrant campus life," Pooler said. "Lindsey Wilson has all three of those ingredients, and that's a big reason why we are one of the fastest-growing colleges in Kentucky."

This year's enrollment also includes the largest freshman class in Lindsey Wilson history - 424 first-time, full-time freshmen. And it's also one of the brightest freshman classes. This fall's freshman class entered Lindsey Wilson with an average high school grade point average of 3.15 on a 4.0 scale; it also includes a record number of freshmen who had a cumulative score of 25 or higher on the American College Test.

"Students want to be a part of our honors' program, and they also are attracted to our faculty, who put students at the center of everything they do," Pooler said.

Lindsey Wilson is undergoing its most dramatic transformation in the college's 105-year history. The transformation includes a 73,223-square-foot health-and-wellness center, an addition to the Sumner Campus Ministry Center and a new baseball-softball complex.

The $12 million worth of projects are the first phase of a larger expansion plan, which includes the creation of a marching band and the resumption of football in fall 2010. The first home football game is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 4, 2010.

"There is just so much energy and momentum on campus right now, and students want to be a part of that," Pooler said.

Lindsey Wilson's residential population is also up this fall. The college has 721 students living in residence halls. That's short of the record, but it's 27 more students than last year.

"Our residence halls are essentially full," said Dean of Students Chris Schmidt. "But with more than 700 students living on campus, that provides for a strong campus life. It also provides our merchants with more than 700 potential customers and clients from now until spring graduation in May."

This year's student body includes residents from 99 Kentucky counties, 29 states plus the District of Columbia, and 41 foreign countries.

Luckey noted that because more than 80 percent of the student body is from Kentucky, "Lindsey Wilson is doing its part to help the commonwealth reach its postsecondary goals of 2020 and double its number of college graduates."