Lourdes University has welcomed 2,343 students to campus this semester. This is a decrease of 10% from the institution’s previous fall enrollment of 2,621 and directly reflects a boldly readjusted goal designed to meet downward enrollment trends in higher education.

“We are experiencing downward pressure on enrollment like many other regional institutions. Though we have seen a decline in our overall headcount, we remain optimistic as we continue to see increases in two key growth areas of our strategic plan: full-time residential students and graduate students,” explains David J. Livingston, PhD, Lourdes University President.

“What we don’t want to do is enroll students who are not prepared academically or who will face insurmountable debt in pursuit of their degree. Our goal is to make sure that students who choose to study at Lourdes have a high-quality university experience that includes elements such as small class sizes, excellent student to teacher ratio, valuable internship and study-abroad opportunities, and ample access to institutional financial aid and scholarships.”

Though Lourdes saw a decrease in the overall size of its student body, the institution did successfully increase both its graduate and residential populations this fall. Residential students grew by 15% (from 270 students in 2012 to 310 in 2013) and graduate students grew by 11% (342 students in 2012 to 380 in 2013).

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review, nationally known for its test preparation and admissions services, has also included Lourdes in its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region guide for the 10th consecutive year.

Lourdes was one of the 155 colleges and universities honored in the Midwest Region. A total of 643 institutions were honored, representing an elite 25% of the nation's four-year colleges. Institutions are chosen for the award based on academic excellence and independent student survey results of high accolade.