(HAMBURG, New York) Hilbert College will begin the 2023 school year with an enrollment of more than 970 students across traditional and online undergraduate and graduate programs. Enrollment at the College is the highest it has been in a decade. For the second year in a row, the College experienced its largest new student class (340), contributing to more than 30% overall growth in the last twenty-four months. And, for the fourth year in a row, the College’s fundraising program reached record highs, delivering $2.25M to Hilbert’s bottom line.
New online graduate programs, a transfer partnership with Medaille University, athletic program growth, and a partnership with Global Learning Exchange are among some of the reasons administrators cite for the enrollment boom.
“Students vote with their feet, and they are voting for Hilbert by enrolling here, whether it be on-campus or online,” said Dr. Michael Brophy, President of Hilbert College. “We have created a dedicated, caring atmosphere for students to learn, grow and strengthen within as they prepare for fulfilling careers and lives. Donor, foundation, and governmental grants are at record levels because we are demonstrably making access for students of all backgrounds to higher education. We present a compelling case that Hilbert is responding to the changing times as we fulfill our Franciscan mission.”
Athletics, Community Ties Feed Traditional Undergraduate Programs
Hilbert College will welcome more than 770 students in traditional, in-person undergraduate programs at its campus in Hamburg, New York. Nearly half of new students are athletes, following the addition of Division III Football, Track & Field, and Women’s Lacrosse and Hockey programs in fall 2022. Strong partnerships with the Liberty Partnership, Higher Education Opportunity, Say Yes to Education and Dual Enrollment programs with the Buffalo Public Schools also contributed to the increase in enrollment, with Buffalo Public and Charter school graduates accounting for close to 20% of Hilbert’s new first-time student population.
Among new transfer students, 33% coming to complete degree programs begun at Medaille University, which closed this year. In May 2023, Hilbert College and Medaille University signed a teach-out agreement to provide students from Medaille an opportunity to continue their academic studies at Hilbert College. Hilbert has also welcomed several staff and faculty members from Medaille.
Hilbert College Global Grows
Hilbert’s graduate and undergraduate online programs through Hilbert College Global continue to grow, almost doubling enrollment from last year. Through Hilbert’s partnership with Global Learning Exchange, students are based in Morocco, The Bahamas, Ukraine, Mongolia, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The online programs drawing in students include undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Cybersecurity and graduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, and Public Administration Health.
For four consecutive years, Hilbert’s fundraising programs has set records, quadrupling results compared to 2018-2019. Individual donations as well as foundation and governmental grants have supported diversity, access, ministry, athletic, and support programs as well as scholarship and facility funding.
Hilbert College is a Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accredited not-for-profit institution offering two-year, four-year, and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines. Hilbert is home to 770 students studying in traditional undergraduate programs within a residential, NCAA III setting in Hamburg, New York and 200 additional students in online and graduate programs.
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