Concord University Welcomes Largest Number of New Students Since 2013

ATHENS, W.Va. – Leaders at Concord University are pleased to welcome an increased number of new students to campus for the 2023-24 academic year.

President Kendra Boggess is thrilled to meet students and families arriving this week.

Dr. Kendra Boggess

Over 472 first time freshmen are making Concord their academic home for the Fall 2023 semester. These students comprise the largest cohort of first-time freshmen Concord has welcomed since Fall 2013—over a decade—and represents a 27.6% increase over Fall 2022 census enrollment. These students come to Concord from 32 WV counties, 16 states, and 17 countries. 96% are receiving financial aid through grants and/or scholarships. The incoming freshmen class includes 95 PROMISE scholars and 9 students who are taking advantage of the CU FREE tuition program. In addition, at least 141 students are transferring to Concord for the Fall semester from over 80 different institutions. Fall 2023 numbers are preliminary and represent counts as of August 16th.

Tammy Brown, Chief Enrollment Management Officer

Dr. Boggess extends special thanks to our state political leaders for their support. “Many thanks to the WV Legislature, Governor Jim Justice and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission for the Nursing Expansion Funding which made the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing major at Concord University a reality. In particular, thanks to Delegates Joe Ellington, Chris Toney, and Doug Smith for their support of Concord and nursing programs throughout the state.”

Also, thank you to Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin for their support in identifying federal funding to launch our nursing program. “If not for the generous support of these officials, Concord might not have experienced such growth this academic year.”

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Concord University provides accessible, affordable, high-quality, and student-centered teaching and learning opportunities strengthened by integrated support services and co-curricular programs.

Concord’s mission immerses people in intellectual inquiry to expand knowledge, encourages and supports creative activities and the arts, and contributes to community engagement and economic development to enhance the quality of life in the region and beyond.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus. Concord University may take pictures at these events for publicity purposes.


Nicole Smith, Public Relations Manager
Concord University, Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312

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