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Enrollment numbers up as students are welcomed to campus

Thu Aug 21 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – As the 2014-15 academic year kicks off next week at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the campus community and city of Hickory look forward to welcoming new and returning members of the LR student body.

LRU will set an enrollment record for the sixth year in a row with 2,130 students, a 17 percent growth from the year prior. A freshman class of 365 students, representing 17 states and 8 countries is anticipated on campus, a 16 percent growth from last year. Transfer students are up 21 percent from last year with a total of 125.

“Through the level of success our students have achieved in and outside the classroom, LR has become more widely recognized, and more highly sought after by college bound students and families,” said Rachel Nichols, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “The addition of Grace Chapel, renovations to Morgan Hall, renovated athletic facilities, and an anticipated 70,000 square foot science complex, are all draws for students in and outside the region.”

A record number of 37 international students representing 18 different countries will be on campus this year, including one at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. Eight of the 37 students will be exchange students with the remainder enrolled as degree seeking students.

Graduate programs in Hickory and Asheville also saw enrollment growth with a 21 and 18 percent increase respectively. Three new fully online graduate programs: Master of Science in Online Teaching & Instructional Design, the Master of Arts in Leadership, and the Master of Arts in Human Services all presented new options for students looking to further their education.

Director of Admissions at LRU, Beth Warrick says working to leverage financial aid models has also helped enrollment numbers grow as students are presented with more cost-effective tuition options. “We engaged in an extensive study of discounting practices in efforts to provide an accessible educational experience to families in Western North Carolina,” she said. “We saw considerable success in this enhanced model.”

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