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Record Residential Enrollment Forces LWC to Build New Residence Hall

Posted on Tuesday, March 01, 2011 [2:44 PM]

New Residence Hall Rendering March 2011
LWC's new residence hall will be built on the eastern edge of campus, next to Weldon
Hall, right. The one-story, 16,100 square-foot residence hall will house up to 156 female
students and be opened at the start of the 2011-12 school year.

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Citing an anticipated record residential enrollment this fall, Lindsey Wilson College will build a new residence hall on the college's A.P. White Campus.

The new residence hall will house up to 156 students, and it will be built on the eastern edge of campus, between Weldon Hall and the Band Building.

After the new residence hall is assembled from 18 prefabricated units, it will include 52 rooms and a resident hall director's apartment. The cost of the one-story, 16,100 square-foot residence hall will be about $750,000. It will be opened at the start of the 2011-12 school year.

The decision to build a new residence hall comes less than a year after Lindsey Wilson opened its largest residence hall, Harold J. Smith Hall, which houses 186 male undergraduate students.

The new residence hall -- which has not yet been named -- will house female undergraduate students.

"The new residence hall will be a great addition to the campus, and it will provide our students with a wonderful living-learning environment," said Lindsey Wilson Vice President of Student Services & Enrollment Management Dean Adams, who oversees the college's residence life program. "We look forward to welcoming students into another first-class residence hall."

LWC began this school year with 1,052 undergraduate students living in campus housing. Following December commencement, the college's residential population dropped to 890 students, but that's still its largest spring residential enrollment. A total of 772 undergraduate students lived on campus last spring.

College officials expect this fall's undergraduate residential enrollment to exceed 1,110 students.

"Our challenge is either to find ways to allow the college to continue to grow or to close enrollment," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., who has been the college's eighth president since July 1, 1998. "With so many good things happening right now at Lindsey Wilson and because of this college's mission to reach out to 'every student, every day,' we were compelled to find a way to house additional students."

Luckey noted that the new residence hall will be conveniently located next to the Holloway Building, which houses the Katie Murrell Library, and the Doris and Bob Health & Wellness Center.

"Ideally, we would like the new residence hall to be a temporary measure, but we are approaching it with the expectation that it will serve our students for at least 20 years," Luckey said. "So when the new residence hall opens in the fall, it will be one of the more attractive residence halls on campus."

Over the last 12 school years, Lindsey Wilson has experienced a steady increase in residential students. During the 1998-99 school year, the college housed 583 undergraduate students, about half as many students as are expected to live in LWC residence halls this fall. Five school years ago, 705 undergraduate students lived on campus.

LWC's growth has been fueled by additional academic programs -- especially a bachelor of science degree program in nursing -- and expanded co-curricular and extracurricular programs, including football, marching band and the Bonner Leader service-learning program.

"Over the last 10 years, Lindsey Wilson has had one of the most aggressive building programs among  Kentucky's 20 private colleges and universities," Luckey said. "The college is a different place from what it was even 10 years ago, and students have responded to our initiatives in record numbers."

In December, LWC awarded a record 365 degrees, the largest winter commencement in the college history. In 2009-10, a record 521 students were graduated from the college. This school year, LWC had an enrollment of 2,554, the largest in the college's 108-year history.

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