President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Pinpoints Student Recruitment Successes
Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr., Lincoln University's vice
president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management,
attributes Lincoln's success in recruiting a projected
enrollment of 607 first-year students: freshmen (522),
transfers (49), readmits (25), and unclassified* (11)
for the start of the 2001 fall semester to:
(1) increased University visibility and community outreach
(2) improved financial aid packaging for academically
(3) improved University support for need-based aid; and
(4) improvements in its campus and physical plant.
Final enrollment figures are completed at the end of
Dr. Bynum said that the University, under the leadership
of President Ivory V. Nelson, is attracting more high-performing
students with significant increases in University scholarships,
and by turning to community churches.
Dr. Bynum, who was hired last year by Lincoln, said that
he expects the University to continue to attract more
academically prepared students in the years ahead since
Lincoln has expanded scholarship and grant opportunities.
Lincoln this year received over 3,200 applications for
admission, up from 3,100 last year this time. Of the 1,612
applicants who were admitted, Lincoln received deposits
from 602, a yield of 37%, up from last year's 31% yield.
The average Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score for
Lincoln freshman, currently 890, continues to exceed the
National African-American average of 860 and Pennsylvania
average of 819.
Admissions Director Dr. Robert L. Laney and his staff
are to be commended for their efforts, Dr. Bynum said.
In addition to making its Presidential (3.5 GPA, 1,100
SAT) and University (3.3 GPA, 1,000 SAT) scholarships
renewable, (Note: The 21st Century Scholarship - 3.7 GPA,
1,200 SAT, was already renewable), Lincoln also now offers
University grants of up to $4,000 to students based on
a combination of merit and need.
Lincoln also spent $2.2 million on the renovation of
Lucy Laney Hall which houses 135 female and male students.
*Note: "Unclassifieds" are persons taking courses at
the University without a degree intent or are persons
admitted to Lincoln through one of Lincoln's study-abroad
or student-exchange programs.