2014 was a record-breaking year for enrollment at DelVal

Sep 16, 2014

Freshmen move in at DelVal
Credit: Delaware Valley College. Volunteers help freshmen move in at DelVal. More new full-time undergraduates chose DelVal in fall 2014 than in any semester in the past 10 years.

Unlike many small, independent colleges Delaware Valley College’s enrollment numbers are up this year. The College had a record-breaking year, attracting more full-time undergraduates in fall 2014 than in any semester in the past 10 years. DelVal welcomed 625 new, full-time students to campus this fall including 497 freshmen and 128 transfers. The number of full-time freshmen who enrolled increased more than 17 percent from fall 2013 to fall 2014 (from 423 in fall 2013 to 497 in fall 2014).

DelVal also made the commitment to strive to be the “most transfer-friendly college in the Philadelphia area” this past spring. Transfer applications increased more than 25 percent (from 328 in fall 2013 to 412 in fall 2014). Enrollment for new full-time transfers increased almost 38 percent in fall 2014 (from 93 in fall 2013 to 128 this fall). The College is attracting more students despite the challenges facing higher education.

“Given the present day landscape of higher education where colleges and universities regionally and nationally are dealing with unprecedented enrollment challenges, our fall 2014 enrollments are exceptional,” said College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “DelVal continues our forward momentum with new academic programs, new state-of-the art classrooms and labs, new athletics facilities, and the move to university status.”

DelVal is stressing the importance of applying classroom learning and hands-on experience to real-world problems to make a positive difference. DelVal’s students are prepared to stand out because 100 percent gain real-world experience before graduation.

“Our mission is to provide you with the knowledge and experience to tackle the most important issues of our time,” Dr. Brosnan told the new students at Convocation. “You may not realize it now, but that knowledge will give you the means to change the world.”

Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management at the College said “students sense there is something special happening here and they want to be a part of that.”

“I think the primary reason so many students have made the decision to attend DelVal is because they see an institution that is vibrant and continues to grow in many ways,” said Goon. “These are exciting times at DelVal.”

The new students came from states such as: Pennsylvania (307 students), New Jersey (187 students), Maryland (45 students), New York (31 students), Connecticut (12), Texas (1), Virginia (6), Vermont (1) and South Carolina (1).

The College is also welcoming some students from England and Singapore as well as a new student who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Nigeria.

Marc Li- Yang Teo, a new biology major who is specializing in zoology/animal biology, is a graduate of Temasek Polytechnic, a post-secondary school in Singapore where he earned a diploma in veterinary technology. He hopes to attend veterinary school after Delval. In high school, he won the national table tennis championship twice in a row and was also a horse handler during Singapore’s Youth Olympic Games. When classes end, he will return to Singapore to serve his summer duty as a sergeant in the Singapore Air Force.

Juanita Ezemba, who is also a new biology major specializing in zoology/ animal biology holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Nigeria. She is interested in creative writing and science.

The exchange students from Hartpury College will all be studying equine business and management. The exchange students include: Gemma Barton, Jessica Hunt, Bethany Read, Freya Rooke, Leighanne Tolchard, Alexandra Wade and Jessica Wise.