Lincoln College purchases
apartments to house additional students
Largest Spring Semester Enrollment in Five
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[January 26, 2017]
- Lincoln College announced it has purchased the apartment complex
at the north end of campus at the corner of Nicholson Road, Ottawa
and Wichita Streets to house additional students starting in the
fall 2017 Semester.
Enrollment was up 15 percent during the fall semester and the
spring 2017 semester has seen its largest enrollment in five years.
The College attributes this to students starting out at the College
and declaring a 4-year degree and students transferring to Lincoln
College to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
“We are anticipating adding an additional 100 students during the
fall 2017 semester on top of this year’s already record setting
year” said Dr. David Gerlach, President of Lincoln College.
Freshman student Kenny Koster of Midway, Chicago is a Bachelor’s
Degree seeking student and is excited about the opportunity to stay
at Lincoln College for four years and graduate in 2020 with his
“I was very excited to learn Lincoln College offered Bachelor’s
Degrees so I could stay at one school all four years. When I came to
visit campus, I immediately loved the small class sizes and the
close knit community; it felt like a family to me” explained, Koster.
Students like Koster, are discovering what we already know, noted
Gerlach. “Lincoln College offers one of the best values for those
who are cost conscious, in education today. Lincoln College is one
of the lowest cost private colleges and is comparable to many public
universities.” Gerlach said, “Not only are new students choosing
Lincoln College, but we are seeing major increases in the number of
The College has also seen an increase in local students attending
Lincoln College and living on campus. Kaylyn Hoffert, a volleyball
player from Lincoln, majoring in Sport Management says her decision
to attend Lincoln College and live on campus was easy.
“It has been very beneficial for me to be able to stay close to home
and attend college because being close to my family and friends is
something I was not willing to let go of.” Hoffert added, “I love
that Lincoln College gives you a teacher to student relationship
that you wouldn’t get at larger schools where you are just a number
in a lecture hall.”
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When asked why she chose to live on campus, Hoffert said, “I believe it’s
important to get the full college experience and by living on campus, you learn
to do things on your own.”
With the College’s second-highest residential population in the college’s
history combined with the addition of more Bachelor’s Degrees coming in the near
future and the rising retention rate of students staying at Lincoln College,
additional housing is needed.
“The acquisition of these apartments will allow the College to house an
additional 45 students,” noted Gerlach.
When Koster learned about the apartments, he thought it was a great addition to
the College. “This will give students the opportunity to in a sense, live on
their own a little bit more and gain independence and responsibilities before we
go into the real world on our own.”
Interior renovation drawings are being planned and Lincoln College crews will be
starting interior work soon.
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