• Donald Tetto

Southwestern University this week is welcoming members of the Class of 2011 – a class that may be the largest in the university’s history.

So what do we know about this class? Here is a brief snapshot:

• The incoming class is 63 percent female and 37 percent male. Twenty states are represented.

• Fifty percent of the first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and 82 percent were in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

• The average SAT score for incoming students was 1220.

• Twenty-two percent are minority students.

One hundred and seventy-one students from the first-year class will be participating in 13 Living-Learning Communities this fall – an increase of 22 students from last year. This program has now become so popular that it has been expanded to include the first floor of Brown-Cody residence hall. Students in Living-Learning Communities share rooms with other students in their First-Year Seminar Class. Topics of this year’s First-Year Seminars include everything from chocolate (“An Aesthetic, Historical and Scientific Journey into the Wonders of Chocolate”) to surfing “Lessons to be Learned from the Search for the Perfect Wave”).

New this year for first-year students is a lecture series during the first week called “First Lectures.” In this series, Southwestern professors will give lectures on topics in their discipline or just topics they enjoy. Several lectures will be given by teams of faculty members. For example, faculty members who teach German, French, Chinese and Spanish will team up to give a lecture on “The Impact of Language in Our Globalized World.”

Southwestern University President Jake B. Schrum and his wife, Jane, will welcome the new students at an ice cream social on Monday, Aug. 20. The couple will give all the new students mesh grocery bags to use instead of plastic bags when they go shopping. The giveaway is part of Southwestern’s efforts to become a leader in sustainability.


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