Increasing enrollment drives success

KANSAS CITY, Mo., February 28, 2013 – Continuing a period of unprecedented growth and momentum that began more than a year ago, Avila University announced it had enrolled a record class of full-time undergraduate students for the spring 2013 semester.

Avila has 1,889 students enrolled this spring. Of that total, 948 are full-time undergraduate students, an all-time high and an increase of more than 10 percent from spring 2012. Avila truly has been celebrating a blessed time in its 97-year history of providing a top-notch, values-based education that fully prepares students to go out and make meaningful contributions in the working world and beyond.

“As our students continue to thrive in the classroom and provide service to the community, Avila’s mission and culture are becoming well-known to prospective students,” said Brandon Johnson, director of undergraduate admissions. “The opportunity to receive an excellent education and make this world a better place is why so many are proud to call Avila home.”

The latest spring enrollment figures are just the most recent evidence of Avila’s upward trajectory and proof of its commitment to its students. Last fall, the University announced that 100 percent of its faculty and staff contributed to the University’s Centennial Campaign. Avila’s faculty is highly regarded with more than 75 percent holding the highest degree in their respective fields. And 100 percent of Avila’s students perform community service and/or service learning. In fact, in 2012, students performed some 206,000 hours of service, valued at more than $4 million to the local community.

“We’ve done more renovation and new construction in the last two years than we’ve done in the last 50,” said Avila President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA. “Not only have we steadily been increasing our enrollment, but we have our most academically qualified class in our history based on ACT scores. Our faculty is engaged with student learning. Our students enjoy experiences that enrich their learning, prepare them for life and for success in the world.”

About Avila University Avila University is a Catholic, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd. in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.

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