Lindenwood University’s Board of Directors is holding the line on tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Tuition for undergraduate resident students will remain $15,672 in 2016-17. Tuition for full-time graduate studies will also remain the same, at $7,836.
The tuition announcement was made this week in conjunction with an announcement of partnering with Pedestal Foods to bring national brands Chick-fil-A, Qdoba, and Einstein Brothers Bagels to the campus to improve the student dining experience. Lindenwood is also adding new meal options for resident and commuter students.
In connection with those improvements, the Board of Directors also approved a $463 per semester increase in room and board fees and added an annual $300 technology fee. Room and board will be $8,500 in 2016-17, which remains at or below those costs at other colleges in the St. Louis region.
Lindenwood President Michael D. Shonrock, Ph.D., said that in addition to bringing the national brands on campus, the university and Pedestal will spend $4 million this summer renovating dining halls on the St. Charles and Belleville campuses. He said the institution will also launch a campus-wide technology refresh program, along with other technology upgrades.
Jim J. Shoemake, chair of the Lindenwood University Board of Directors, said the Board is focused on “delivering an affordable, high-quality experience for students.”
Samuel Rudloff, president of the Lindenwood Student Government Association, said students appreciate the university’s efforts to keep tuition costs under control and invest student fees into improvements they sought.
“We asked about this in student focus groups in the fall,” Rudloff said. “And Lindenwood University is delivering. President Shonrock may be a freshman president, but his passion to connect with the students at Lindenwood has made a great impact on our lives.”