Record enrollment at new university

Credit: Delaware Valley University. DelVal had its highest enrollment in almost two decades in fall 2015!

Aug 28, 2015

In its first full academic year since officially becoming a university last April, Delaware Valley University began the new fall semester with its highest enrollment in almost two decades.

On the first day of classes of the fall 2015 semester, there were 7 percent more full-time DelVal undergraduates enrolled at DelVal than there were last year at the same time. Total enrollment is up due to an 8 percent increase in returning full-time undergraduates and a 3 percent increase in new students. Beating last fall’s numbers is significant for the University because enrollment was the highest it had been in 17 years in fall 2014.

The academic quality of the new students has also improved.  In fall 2014, 29 percent of the new students met the required GPA and SAT scores for the Institution’s highest two scholarships. This fall, 33 percent of new students met the requirements for the institution’s highest two scholarships.

The impact of the record enrollment is evident throughout the campus, especially in the residence halls.  The University is currently at 105 percent occupancy in the residence halls.

“The increase in the number of resident students is a reflection of our efforts to improve the residential life experience," said Dr. April Vari, vice president of student affairs and dean of students.  “From enhancements to our resident advisor program to new initiatives such as our Honors Program living learning community, faculty in residence program, and pet-friendly residence hall, we are creating more reasons for students to want to live on campus.”

The strong enrollment this year comes at a time when many other area colleges and universities are experiencing significant decreases in enrollment resulting in dramatic adjustments to staff, programs and budgets.  Declining enrollments are also being seen at institutions nationwide.

Several factors contributed to the record enrollment at DelVal.

“Last year, DelVal made a commitment to be the most transfer-friendly institution in the Philadelphia area,” said Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management.  “Those efforts resulted in a 22 percent increase in new transfer students from last year, and the largest new transfer class in DelVal’s history.”

“The record enrollment is a result of efforts made by the entire campus,” said Delaware Valley University President Dr. Joseph Brosnan.  “It starts with enrolling quality new students and our Enrollment Management team has done a great job working with all factions of the Institution in that effort.”

“But just as critical is making sure students are challenged in the classrooms and have a quality campus experience after they arrive,” said Dr. Brosnan.  “That is where our Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions have excelled. The record number of returning students underscores the excellent work of our fine faculty and all the caring staff that support our students. These continue to be exciting times for Delaware Valley University. Students see DelVal as a vibrant educational community and they want to be part of that continued growth.