Incoming students to Illinois Wesleyan University represent 27 states and 17 different countries. (B. Corbin/WJBC)
By Adam Studzinski
BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Wesleyan University welcomed the largest class of incoming students since 2010 this semester.
The class contains 571 students from 27 states and 17 different countries.
Vice President of Communications Matt Kurz said a new admissions software program allowed the school to extend its reach compared to previous years. He also credited a new program at the school allowing added recruitment on the east coast.
"We started a men's lacrosse program which brought in some students that we might not have otherwise been appealing to. Especially students from out of the State of Illinois," Kurz said.
The new students also represent Wesleyan's most diverse class. Nearly 28 percent are from another country or diverse races.
"We have a new admissions counselor located in China," said Kurz. "That is our largest group of non-U.S. students."
The new students were officially welcomed to campus at the New Student Convocation in Westbrook Auditorium on Tuesday.
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