Hastings College welcomes biggest incoming class in a decade

The College is growing, but remains committed to why students choose Hastings College: an...
The College is growing, but remains committed to why students choose Hastings College: an intentionally small, together-learning, engaged community where students flourish.(press release)
Published: Aug. 15, 2023 at 6:01 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - With Hastings College opening for its academic year on Wednesday, it’s excited to welcome its largest incoming student class in a decade.

Over the last few days, Hastings College welcomed 347 first-year students, including first-year students in the Bryan College of Health Sciences nursing program, tying a record for the largest group of incoming first-year students in the history of the College set in 2013. With transfer students included, the College welcomed more than 400 new Broncos to campus and the community this week, reaffirming its position as a leading institution in higher education.

Hastings College said the surge in enrollment reflects the continued appeal of the college’s academic programs, dedicated faculty, performance opportunities and vibrant campus community.

As fall classes begin Wednesday, Hastings College said its residence halls are filled with students from 26 different countries and diverse areas of interest.

“Our institution’s commitment to fostering a supportive learning environment, where dedicated mentors actively support both academic and personal growth, and support students in all the ways they participate on campus, is clearly resonating with students and families,” said Hastings College president Dr. Rich Lloyd. “We’re delighted to welcome this exceptional group of young scholars who are poised to contribute their unique perspectives and talents to our campus community.”

Dr. Annette Vargas, vice president for student access, enrollment and performance, said, “We are thankful to everyone on campus, and especially our admissions and enrollment teams, for working so very hard to meet with students and share the Hastings College story and how special this place is.”