Wilson College Enrollment Second Highest in History


CHAMBERSBURG- Wilson College announced today that it has reached the second highest total enrollment in its history, with 1,555 enrolled students at the Fall 2023 Census. The figure represents a 14 percent increase over Fall 2022 enrollment and the highest enrollment since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “We are delighted that an increased number of students will receive a transformative Wilson College education,” President Wes Fugate said. “Students and their families are responding to the College’s focus on affordability while delivering a career-oriented education with a strong liberal-arts foundation to ensure that our graduates can navigate the ever-changing world—truly the best of both worlds. We are proud to deliver that education to students from all over the world as a result of our programs in Chambersburg, at various sites around Pennsylvania, and through our robust online offerings.” 

Four populations of students contributed to this positive uptick in total enrollment year over year. New first-time-in-college, traditional-age undergraduates increased by 32 percent compared to Fall 2022. In addition, the Teacher Certification Program saw an increase of 66 students, followed by a net increase of 34 Wilson College Online graduate degree seekers and 12 non-degree high school/dual enrollment students.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson College was considered the 25th fastest growing higher-education institution in the country. Like other colleges and universities, Wilson experienced a downturn in enrollment as a result of the pandemic and unprecedented upheaval in the educational environment. As a result of its latest strategic plan, the College has expanded programming and launched Wilson College Online, to make a Wilson education more accessible. 

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 31 majors and 40 minors in high-demand and innovative fields including education, environmental science, equine studies, nursing, veterinary nursing, and sport management, as well as graduate degrees in education, fine arts, the humanities, nursing, and organizational leadership. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation. Visit wilson.edu for more information. 

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