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Hilbert College Announces 30% Increase of Incoming Freshmen for Fall 2018

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HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College announced its incoming freshmen class for the Fall 2018 semester is the college’s largest since 2011.  Compared to last year’s incoming freshmen, Hilbert’s first-time freshmen enrollment is up 30%.  This is the second consecutive year with an increase at Hilbert, after last fall’s incoming freshmen increased by 15%.


“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Hilbert College Interim President Fr. Michael Sajda, OFM Conv.  “These past two enrollment cycles are extremely encouraging for Hilbert’s continued growth.  We are confident we can build on this momentum, while maintaining our focus on student success, on-time graduation, and our 95.6% career placement rate.”

Even with a much larger incoming class, the academic strength increased by a full percentage point, cultural diversity remained constant at nearly 20%, and the geographic diversity increased three percentage points.  While the majority of Hilbert students continue to come from WNY, this year’s incoming class includes students from Florida, Maine, Tennessee, Illinois, Connecticut, and Texas.

“An increase of 30% for our incoming freshmen class, combined with a 15% increase last fall, is a testament to the great improvements we have made in our admissions and financial aid processes and the enhanced efforts of our overall marketing initiatives,” Sajda said. 

“We are extremely proud of the quality and diversity of our incoming freshmen class this year,” said Hilbert Director of Admissions Brian Filjones.  “We continue to streamline our enrollment process to best meet the needs of students and their families.  We pride ourselves on one-to-one, personalized attention, and that personal attention begins as an applicant and continues right through graduation at Hilbert.”

Hilbert is hosting two open houses this fall – Saturday, September 22 and October 13. Visit www.hilbert.edu/openhouse for more details.







Children's Halloween Party Set for October 28 at Hilbert


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HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College is hosting a FREE Children’s Halloween Party on Sunday, October 28 in Hafner Recreation Center (2-4 p.m.) on the Hilbert campus.  Families are welcome to bring their children for a costume parade with prizes for all, Halloween arts and crafts from many of the student clubs on campus, and to get a jump start on your Halloween candy!

WHEN: Sunday, October 28, 2018
2 p.m.  – 4 p.m.
Hafner Recreation Center, Hilbert College 
(5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075)
Halloween Party for kids; FREE and open to the community







Hilbert College Announces Alumni Admission Program

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Since our Hilbert College was founded in 1957, as an independent institution of higher learning that embraces a Catholic heritage of Franciscan values, we have enrolled students from diverse backgrounds in liberal arts and professional programs designed to graduate informed citizens committed to serving and strengthening their communities.

The Alumni Admission Program strives to engage our alums in identifying potential future “Hawks” who will appreciate and respect our Hilbert traditions and share their successful experiences with future generations.

Nominating process

Alums will complete a nomination form HERE. The Alum will provide information on the nominee, as well as, make the nominee aware that they are being nominated.  The nominee will be directed by the alum to complete a free admission application on the Hilbert website.



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Thank you to the Hilbert community for making the 2018 San Damiano Awards and True Blue Saturday a success! A good time was enjoyed by all. 

We offer a special thanks to the sponsors of the events themselves, in particular Watkins Glen International Speedway, Tops Family Market in Hamburg, and the Left Bank Restaurant.

Ilio DiPaolo's, Mason's Grille 52 and J&M's West End Diner were kind of enough to support the Hilbert Day of Service. 

We also want to thank the Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream Truck, Buffalo's Best Food Truck, Weidner BBQ, and the Salad Bar Truck of Buffalo for providing a fantastic array of cuisine this weekend.

Lastly, we want to thank Hallmark, our dining partner here on campus, for their wonderful service (as usual). See you all next year! The photos from the weekend are linked below ...

True Blue Saturday Photos  

San Damiano Award Photos

Hilbert Day of Service Photos




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