Quincy University welcomed 287 freshmen to campus this August–the largest class in more than two decades and a 3% increase over last year. In addition, QU enrolled 88 transfer students along with 669 returning full-time undergraduate students for a total full-time undergraduate population of 1,044. Including part-time undergraduate and graduate program students, the overall enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year stands at 1,171.

“I am excited that we continue to grow our incoming enrollment in such a challenging higher education environment. This class is very unique as it brings much more diversity to campus,” said Vice President for Student Enrollment and Engagement, Dr. Soumitra Ghosh.

This years’ freshman class is more geographically, ethnically and racially diverse compared to last year, including 11% more students of color and 5% more out of state students. This class also brings more first-generation college students to the QU campus as well as more low-income students than ever before. In an effort to get new students off on the right foot, incoming students will be assigned to a designated Success Coach that will guide them through the first year of the college experience. The Success Coaches will assist students with registering for classes, choosing majors, tutoring, study skills, and many other activities related to college life.

“In view of the budget impasse in the State of Illinois and the uncertainty of MAP (Monetary Award Program) grants, we are especially pleased that students and their families continue to find value in the education provided by Quincy University,” said QU President Dr. Robert Gervasi. “Our dedicated faculty and staff make it their mission to offer an affordable and quality educational experience to prepare men and women for leadership.”