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August 22, 2007


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ It’s August and students have reported to the campus of Lincoln University to launch the institution’s 153rd academic year. It actually got under way with an orientation for the Class of 2011.

The orientation featured many informative sessions designed to assist new students make a smooth transition. The sessions included information on financial aid, health services, organizational interest meetings, and registration.  The orientation culminated with the Rites of Passage in the university chapel, where students were officially inducted as Lincolnites. 

New international students from more than 12 countries had an additional orientation dealing with immigration issues on August 21, as mandated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson points out that the freshmen students’ “arrival at Lincoln comes on the heels of many changes and improvements accomplished over the past few years.”

He also states that “improved technology, a newly constructed residence hall and completely renovated dorms, an enhanced security force and security measures, organizational changes, and the implementation of improved fiscal practices and procedures were all accomplished with the students in mind.”

To the freshmen students, the welcome they received could not have been better. Wachen Peters of Sierra Leone, West Africa echoed the sentiments of many first-year students.

“I am now familiar with the campus,” Peters said. “I know where the buildings are located, and I know where I can find the various offices that I need to get help from. I am very impressed with the involvement of having upper classmen serve as leaders in the orientation process.”

To the returning students, many see their return as one step closer to achieving their educational goal at Lincoln. Take Blair Silver of Bordentown, N.J. for example. The mass communications major said she is delighted to be back at Lincoln after a summer respite.

“I had to come back because I love it here,” she said. “I like the family atmosphere here and the way the professors work hard to make sure that we understand the things they teach us.”

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.

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