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Susquehanna Class of 2014 Breaks Former Records

Published on August 27, 2010

SELINSGROVE— Susquehanna University welcomed the Class of 2014 to campus Aug. 26, launching the university’s 153rd academic year with a new record of more than 640 first-year students. Close to 2,300 students were expected for the start of classes Aug. 30, about a 4 percent increase over last year.

The students were accepted from the largest applicant pool in Susquehanna’s history, according to Deborah Stieffel, vice president for enrollment management. Applications were up 5 percent over last year, contributing to a 39 percent increase over the last five years.

Twenty-eight transfer and 13 exchange students join those who are new to the Susquehanna campus this year. Forty-seven percent of first-year students are from Pennsylvania, with the rest coming from 25 other states, the District of Columbia and five other countries. Beyond the Keystone State, students hail from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. Others have come from as far as China, Czech Republic, Japan, Macau and Russia.

Academic success is one trait they share in common. Seventy-six percent were in the top two-fifths of their high school classes, 50 percent were in the top one-fifth, and 30 percent were in the top one-tenth. Nineteen were the valedictorians or salutatorians of their classes. More than 70 are enrolled in Susquehanna’s competitive Honors Program.

Two students among the Class of 2014 are enrolled at Susquehanna through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, one of them a veteran of the war in Iraq. The program makes a Susquehanna education virtually tuition-free for qualifying U.S. veterans and their families.

New students will be introduced to the wider community Aug. 28 as participants in the 18th annual SU GIVE day of volunteerism. Part of student orientation, SU GIVE (Susquehanna University: Get Into Volunteer Experiences) places hundreds of students, faculty and staff at dozens of off-campus sites throughout the region, including hospitals, retirement homes, parks, churches and animal shelters.

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