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September 17, 2001

Vice 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 efforts;
(2) improved financial aid packaging for academically prepared students;
(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 each September.

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.


For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574.

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