Lynn University enrollment projected to be largest in six years

2012 debate seen as one of many factors that helped continue successful growth
Lynn University enrollment projected to be largest in six years

Published Aug. 14, 2013

According to current enrollment numbers, the largest incoming class since 2007 will be starting classes at Lynn University on Monday, Aug. 26, building on an upward trend in enrollment that has been maintained over the last four years.

“Based on our current numbers, we’re projecting approximately 600 students starting classes this fall,” Gareth Fowles, vice president of enrollment management, said. “This continues our trend of increasing enrollment that can be attributed to a variety of factors.”

Although the final enrollment numbers are not available until drop/add is complete in early September, assuming current trends hold, final enrollment will be one of the largest classes in the last six years.

Some Key Numbers

  • International student enrollment is the highest on record, 11 percent higher than 2012, previously the highest, for a projected enrollment of approximately 185 students. It is projected that internationals will make up 31 percent of the incoming class. This reflects Lynn’s continued high ranking for its percentage of international students in U.S. News & World Report.
  • Overall deposits are up eight percent over last year.
  • Transfers are up 27 percent over 2012.
  • Domestically, Pennsylvania and Texas grew the most by percentage, both increased by 50 percent, and Turkey leads international growth with an increase of 450 percent. 

The Debate’s Impact?

The 2012 presidential debate is seen as one of the many contributing factors to the continued growth of incoming students, but there is no concrete quantitative measure that can prove the specific impact it has had.

“It’s difficult for us to identify any one effort that has moved the needle,” Fowles said. “I do believe the debate helped improve our name recognition and build credibility among key groups such as parents, guidance counselors, educational consultants and students, but that is just part of a multifaceted admission program that has seen an upward trend over the last few years.”

Fowles also identifies the school’s improved campus visit program (recently highlighted in both Inside Higher Ed and the New York Times Education section), and the involvement of the entire campus as major factors in enrollment success. 

For example, the Office of Admission works closely with faculty to ensure their close involvement with campus tours—more than 65 faculty members have participated in the tours with prospective students since the tour process was redesigned during the fall of 2011. This includes regularly having lunch with visiting students and their families as a part of the tour.

The continued growth in enrollment adds to another positive development, improved retention. First-year to second-year student retention increased more than 9 percent last year. Much of the credit for this improvement is given to the mentor program the university launched two years ago to help incoming students transfer from high school to college life. Additionally, Fowles feels that his team is “recruiting the right kind of student” that fits well with Lynn’s culture.

“This large class will be joining Lynn during an exciting year that will see the opening of the university’s new Bobby Campbell Stadium for soccer and lacrosse, the new International Business Center, a new dining commons and coffee shop and other new developments,” Fowles said. “We’re excited to see our numbers grow while we also expand our services and build new facilities for the student body.”