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IW welcomes largest incoming class in last six decades

Sep 14, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Enrollment is booming at Iowa Wesleyan University, according to school officials.

This year’s incoming class is IW’s largest in six decades, school officials said.

The record 2017 incoming class enrollment follows on the heels of a 51 percent increase for enrolled new students. The 2016 incoming class pushed the bar even higher with an increase of 71 percent over the 2015 numbers. As a result, IW enrollment is up by a whopping 162 percent in the last three years.

With the trend of three consecutive years of record-breaking new students, Iowa Wesleyan’s overall enrollment is already nearing its five-year projection for 2020.

As Iowa Wesleyan marks the beginning of the 176th academic year, the surge in enrollment correlates with the successful advancement of the university’s five-year strategic plan and the mission of the university. “We have entered into a new era for Iowa Wesleyan University; an era of growth and expansion and of high aspiration. We have successfully completed year two of our strategic plan, Wesleyan 2020, accomplishing well over half of the initiatives in the first two years and on trajectory to complete this plan as early as next year. We are honored to welcome this new class to Iowa Wesleyan in this time of unprecedented momentum,” said IW President Steve Titus.

“Our students are attending Iowa Wesleyan because of our commitment to an affordable, quality education that provides personalized experience and support” said Nick Boone, vice president for enrollment management. “We continue to see a steady increase in the number of Iowa students as we have focused our strategic efforts on recruiting more students from our southeast Iowa region.

“We also continue to experience and appreciate a diverse representation of students,” Boone added. “Overall, we have students from 29 states and 25 countries. Southeast Iowa is benefiting from the quality and diversity we provide as a comprehensive regional university.”

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