Lynn University today welcomed more than 1,100 new students to campus for the first day of classes. The university’s largest incoming class under President Kevin M. Ross’s leadership has 774 undergraduate and 360 graduate students from 65 countries.*
“Our admission team scoured the globe this past year to recruit students who will thrive in our academic environment, while the campus community worked tirelessly to prepare for this large incoming class and returning students,” said Gareth Fowles, vice president for enrollment management. “This is a remarkable year for the university, and I look forward to seeing all the accomplishments this class makes over the next four years.”
Added programs, enhanced services and campus improvements greeted students and employees as they returned for the 2018–19 academic year.
New learning opportunities
The College of Arts and Sciences welcomed its inaugural B.F.A. in drama class. The program will kick off its performance season Oct. 17, with “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.”
The College of Business and Management added majors in cybersecurity, data analytics and healthcare management, as well as social entrepreneurship in collaboration with Watson Institute. The Watson team is now on campus, working alongside the Social Impact Lab in the Snyder Idea Lab.
Millennium Campus Network and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative selected 10 Lynn students to participate in the Millennium Fellowship, a semester-long leadership development project that advances UN sustainable development goals and UNAI principles. The program accepted 530 fellows from 30 campuses—only 11 percent of total applicants. The Social Impact Lab and two campus leaders will oversee Lynn student projects.
Lynn students, employees and alumni can enroll in Code Institute’s self-paced, online software development program at a discounted cost. Additionally, undergraduate students can earn up to 12 elective credits or use six credits as electives and six toward a degree in cybersecurity or data analytics.
Enhanced technologies and services
A new Academic Advising Center opened on the first floor of the library this summer. Six full-time staff members are available for on-the-spot help, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Services also are available online and via telephone.
The career center launched Connected Knights, a new career preparation tool and employment database for students and employers. Lynn students can use Connected Knights to upload a resume, search for available internships, explore part-time and full-time jobs, and much more. Employers can use Connected Knights to post internships and jobs, and connect with students looking for employment.
As part of Lynn’s commitment to more affordable learning, graduate-level courses will pilot an all-in-one material subscription. Cengage Unlimited will provide students digital access, via their iPad, to required books and course materials for one price. All courses in nearly every graduate program will use Cengage materials, with semester and yearlong subscription options.
Lynn revamped spaces and completed construction projects across campus, including expanded and new walkways, classroom and library upgrades, locker room makeovers and added parking.
Most notably, the heart of campus continued taking shape with the installation of walls and windows on the Christine E. Lynn University Center. Its grand opening is set for February 2019.
*Unofficial enrollment count as of Sept. 7, 2018.