Hannibal-LaGrange University announced Wednesday that its total enrollment has grown by 2.5 percent.
Hannibal-LaGrange University announced Wednesday that its total enrollment has grown by 2.5 percent. That news came as a surprise to some students.
“I’m a little bit surprised,” said Brittany Adkins of San Diego, Calif., as she paused for a moment Wednesday afternoon on her way to class. “It’s exciting. Probably half of those on campus are freshmen.”
Adkins, a senior who is majoring in communications, likes the atmosphere she senses on campus.
“We have a good group of new students,” she said. “It’s exciting to see the dynamics changing.”
Among the new students on campus is Ashley Oliver of Vancouver, Wash.
“I’ve been here three weeks,” she said. “I’m here for the nursing program.”
Thus far Oliver’s experience at the university has been positive.
“It’s good. I’m in with a great bunch of gals. It’s easy to fit in,” she said. “I’m living in Quincy, so it’s quite a drive in the morning.”
Found outside studying Wednesday afternoon was Breanna Newton of Rochelle, Ill. The junior acknowledged that news of HLGU’s enrollment increase was not expected.
“It’s good though. It seems a lot of people have come in,” she said.
Newton attributes part of the growth to HGLU’s athletics.
“Recruiting seems to have gone well for athletes, which helps. Most of the students are athletes,” said Newton, who is a member of the university’s cross country and track programs.