August 20, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Avila University is celebrating on multiple fronts. Not only has the University dedicated its brand new student residence hall, Avila Hall, but it also is celebrating record student enrollment that, despite challenging economic times, is a full 10 percent greater than that of fall 2011.
Avila Hall is just one of the recent capital improvements included in a $22 million plan which also recently renovated the University’s student dining facility in Marian Center and refurbished and remodeled the anatomy and physiology lab in O’Rielly Hall.
Avila also is celebrating the highest enrollment in its 96-year history, with upwards of 980 full-time undergraduate students enrolled for the fall 2012 semester. That’s a full 10 percent increase from the fall 2011 enrollment of 892 and seven percent higher than the previous best fall enrollment of 916, which occurred in 2008. It also marks the largest first-year class in the University’s history and comes on the heels of the largest-ever spring full-time undergrad enrollment that was celebrated in January.
“We’re successful not simply because of things that are happening on campus that attract students, but also because of the ways we are engaging students in developing the skills and talents they need to be successful,” Slepitza said. “We are showing them ways to go out and make lasting contributions to the world. Our success is tied more to people than anything else.”
The opening of Avila Hall also brings more students living on campus than ever before. The campus will house a record 380 students, allowing even more students to fully experience the transformational learning qualities of an Avila education as well as a living environment that reflects the values of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.