PCA&D announces increase in new students for fall semester

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

On the first day of the Fall semester, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce the continuing trend of increased new enrollment at the Lancaster based four-year art college. As of September 8, PCA&D had 90 new students enrolled for the BFA program. This is 23% increase over this time last year.

The college exceeded its admissions goal by 12%. The incoming class is the largest class in more than 5 years. The new students come to PCA&D from 8 states and 22 Pennsylvania counties.

According to PCA&D President Mary Colleen Heil, the continuing trend of enrollment increases is the result of a carefully executed strategic plan which emphasizes increased options for student housing and scholarships for incoming students.

For the second year, incoming freshmen have the option of living in the Steinman Lofts, apartments on W King Street, owned by Lancaster Newspapers, and exclusive to PCA&D students. In addition, a block of apartments at Stevens House has given all PCA&D students another opportunity for College-centered living.

President Heil said, “Our attention to planning has consistently enabled us to keep our costs for delivering a world-class education within the reach of the average family. With annual tuition and fees of $22,800 our direct costs are approximately half the national average for private colleges. In addition, PCA&D invests heavily in technology and specific tools used by professional artists, and develop curricula to ensure our students are well versed in their use.”

“We take pride in our focused curriculum that is designed to foster strong thinkers, strong makers and strong communicators and we offer a course of study and an environment for learning that develops an intellectual and cultural awareness while it simultaneously refines and matures the talents that each individual student brings with them. This emphasis is not only benefiting our current student body, but attracting new students to PCA&D as well,” added President Heil.