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Despite Pandemic, LWC Achieves Record Enrollment for Fall 2020

By Venus Popplewell

Lindsey Wilson College announced a record enrollment for the academic year 2020-21. The announcement was delivered via a virtual town hall presentation from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr.

The milestone comes as national predictions suggested enrollments at colleges and universities would sharply decrease because of the uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am stunned to announce that this fall, Lindsey Wilson College has the highest enrollment in her 117-year existence and we did that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic," Luckey announced. "It is an incredible accomplishment and it also makes me wonder what might have been if COVID had not hit our campus and the rest of our country and the world."

Overall enrollment numbers climbed by 106 students with total enrollment surpassing 2,700 students for the first time in the history of the college. A significant driver in the overall success of the college was a record retention rate for returning students on the Columbia campus.



"We are so pleased to see so many students wanting to re-enroll at the college. I think it makes a strong statement about how well we handled the transition to online learning last spring," said Luckey." "Clearly, our students were anxious to return to campus to see their friends and to interact with their talented faculty."

This is the second consecutive year LWC has set a new record for fall-to-fall retention which will only enhance the college's recent ascent in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for regional universities in the South.

"We should all share in this accomplishment," said Luckey. "Our FYE advisors, our faculty, our residence life staff, the admissions staff and everyone from student services. So many of our staff and faculty made calls and reached out to students over the summer and during the semester while they were taking classes online. Your combined efforts made all the difference this year."

The 2,735 students represent enrollment from 43 states and 37 countries. Another significant factor in the overall success of the college is also attributed to the largest ever enrollment of the college's online and blended programs.

"All-in-all, I consider this to be a huge win, especially when you consider so many of the catastrophic disasters at other colleges and universities with their fall enrollment, Luckey said. "I could not be happier to see a record enrollment during a pandemic."


This story was posted on 2020-10-07 10:18:46
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Checking temperatures



2020-10-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson Director of Career Services Laura Burwash checks temperatures as students and their families arrive on campus to move into residence halls in August. Due to the campus reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, students were given strict instructions about the procedures and protocols required for the fall 2020 semester. LWC announced a record enrollment for the 2020-21 academic year with more than 2,700 students enrolled for fall 2020.

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Erielle Allen moves in



2020-10-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC sports management freshman Erielle Allen from Louisville, Ky., arrives with her parents, Roshaun and Eric Allen to move into Phillips Hall, a residence hall reserved for female freshman students. Allen, who plays for the women's soccer program, says she was worried she would not be able to attend college in-person this year and is excited to get back onto the soccer field.

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Careful Move-in



2020-10-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC expanded move-in "weekend" from a two-day to a four-day event to avoid the customary long lines and congested spaces associated with a typical move-in event. Each student arrived at a designated time and was allowed two hours to complete the process.

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Noah Jewell from Mt. Washington



2020-10-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College. Right, freshman Noah Jewell from Mt. Washington, Ky., and his mother, Heather Jewell, follow the mandatory mask policy on the A.P. White campus. "It's a little different," said Jewell who plans to be a part of the Lindsey Wilson wrestling program. "I'm used to seeing faces and everyone is covered up by the mask so there will be some challenges but I'm ready."

Overall fall 2020 enrollment numbers at Lindsey Wilson climbed by 106 students with total enrollment surpassing 2,700 students for the first time in the 117-year history of the college.

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Ringing in the new school year



2020-10-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College announced a record enrollment for the academic year 2020-21. Overall enrollment numbers climbed by 106 students with total enrollment surpassing 2,700 students for the first time in the 117-year history of the college.

From left, LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. and Vice President for Academic Affairs Trish Parrish ring the victory bell on the campus quadrangle signifying the start of the 2020-21 academic year and the return of in-person classes after the College was forced to move all spring classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new school year began on August 22.

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