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Evolve: The Campaign for York College

By Troy Miller, Vice President, Development
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For over 230 years,York College has been evolving to better serve our students, our alumni, and our community. Last year, we celebrated our past with the 50th anniversary of YCP as a four-year institution; this year, we celebrate our future, our mission, and our commitment to establish a new generation of Spartans. 

On October 1, 2020, we launched EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College, our first-ever comprehensive campaign. 

EVOLVE: The Campaign for York College began in the summer of 2017 with the creation of the College strategic plan. Since then, thousands of donors have supported seven areas of focus. These focus areas include: Academic Excellence and Innovation, Spartan Athletics, the York College Fund, Scholarships, York Country Day School, the Center for Collaborative Innovation (including the new Knowledge Park, Engaged Scholars Program, and the Center for Academic Innovation), and Spartan Commons (the new center of campus and gateway to learning). Our financial goal for the campaign is to raise $55 million toward these important objectives. 

But, it is not only about the money. With this support, York College will continue to be the premier destination for students seeking an education that integrates career preparation with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, and will be a catalyst for positive change in higher education and the broader community. That is how we measure success. 

Why invest in York College? 

York College is worthy of investment. We graduate students and we help find them careers. It is in our DNA. We achieve it with fantastic educators, facilities, project-based learning, and most importantly, students with grit. But, like any investment, looking at the return is key. Our students enjoy an average classroom size of 19 individuals and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 89% of our faculty hold the highest degree possible in their field. York College is also among the national best buys in higher education and among the top 15 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that provide the best performance at the lowest possible cost. At York College, 91% of our alumni find jobs or continue their education in their field after graduation. This is what your investment allows to thrive; here, at YCP, it changes lives for the better. 

Why is EVOLVE different than other campaigns? 

While York College of Pennsylvania has had several successful campaigns in the past, these were centered on particular projects or buildings. EVOLVE is a comprehensive campaign based on the College’s strategic plan, mission, and vision. In addition, the main purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness, engagement, and participation from our alumni and friends. By virtue of our constant evolution, YCP is a very different college than the one many of our alumni attended as students. We want our alumni to be proud of their alma mater as they act as our future leaders for the next 50 years of our history. 

If you have already made your investment in York College, thank you very much for your gift. Your investment is making a difference and you have seen the power of your investment. Your support matters. If you want to learn more about the EVOLVE campaign and to make your investment in the future of York College, visit evolve.ycp.edu. 

We are York College. We are evolving. We are Spartans!