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The Freshmen Class Is the
Largest First-Year Class Since 1996 with Approximately 500 Students
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA - Classes for undergraduates
at Lincoln University for the 2001-2002 academic year started
Wednesday, August 29 at the campus in Southern Chester County.
The approximate 500 freshmen class represents the largest entering
freshmen class at the University since 1996 when 570 first-year
students were enrolled. The exact amount of new freshmen will
be determined in September. Last fall, the University enrolled
a freshman class of 340.
"Lincoln University is excited and pleased that
an increasing number of new students has chosen the University
as their first choice to receive an undergraduate education,"
said President Ivory V. Nelson.
President Nelson added: "The University -- nationally
ranked among 3,500 colleges and universities -- is achieving
great results and is increasing its efforts to inform future
generations of students, parents and the public-at-large about
Lincoln's points of distinction and commitment to academic excellence.
According to 1999-2000 data compiled by the U.S.
Department of Education, Lincoln University ranks:
In addition, Lincoln is ranked first in the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate
degrees in the physical sciences. Lincoln also is the only university
in the state and one of but 20 universities nationwide where
40 percent or more of its physics graduates are women.
Students composing the Lincoln University Class
of 2005 received a jump on adjusting successfully to campus
life and the rigorous academic requirements as they arrived
at the University on August 19 to attend Freshman Orientation
Week. The campus orientation program included workshops and
lectures ranging from use of the facilities and tips on achieving
good study habits to the importance of maintaining common courtesy.
Coordinated by Lincoln's Office of Residence Life, the program
began August 19; it concluded August 27.
Founded in 1854 in Southern Chester County, Lincoln
University is a nationally acclaimed institution of higher learning
that provides the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based
undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs
to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological
and global society. During its 2000-2001 academic year, Lincoln
enrolled 1,850 undergraduate and graduate students.
Besides its main campus, the University also operates
the Lincoln University Graduate Center for Continuing Education
in the City of Philadelphia. Orientation sessions and opening-day
classes for graduate students, which began August 18 and 25,
respectively, will continue through September 5
Lincoln University is the newest of the
state-related universities, having joined the Commonwealth System
of Higher Education in 1972. During its 147-year history, Lincoln
University has educated an impressive list of luminaries who
have distinguished themselves in many professions, including
as doctors, lawyers, educators, businesspersons, entrepreneurs,
literary figures, theologians, heads of state, political and
military leaders. Major figures include Kwame Nkrumah, class
of 1939, first president of Ghana in 1960, following independence
from colonial domination; Thurgood Marshall, noted civil rights
attorney and first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice,
class of 1930; Nnamdi Azikiwe, class of 1930, Nigeria's first
president in 1963, after independence; world-acclaimed poet
Langston Hughes, class of 1929; and Dr. Hildrus A. Poindexter,
internationally recognized authority on tropical diseases, class
More recent and notable Lincoln University graduates
For more information, contact
Samuel W. Pressley,
Director, Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
(This press release was prepared with the assistance of Staff
Writer Terri Heard.)
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