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Largest First-Year Class in SU History Arrives On Campus

Aug. 22, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Susquehanna University welcomed it’s Class of 2012 on Aug. 21, opening its 151st academic year with the largest first-year class in the college's history.
Classes begin Aug. 25, with an expected enrollment this year of more than 2,000 students. Among the student body are 668 new students, including 50 transfer students and 618 first-year students.

As a whole, the new students represent 20 states and 11 countries. New international students joining the Susquehanna community are from Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Liberia, Russia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Korea and Vietnam. Students from the United States are coming from as far away as California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. The class is split equally between in-state and out-of-state residents.

Regardless of their state or country of origin, the Class of 2012 shares a common characteristic of academic success. Eighty-six percent of the class ranked in the top two-fifths of their high school classes. Twenty-nine percent were in the top one-tenth of their graduating classes, and 53 percent were in the top one-fifth. Fifteen of them were the valedictorians or salutatorians of their classes.

The more than 600 first-year students will join upperclassmen, faculty and staff to participate this Saturday in Susquehanna University's 16th annual community service day. Dubbed SU G.I.V.E. (Susquehanna University: Get Into Volunteer Experiences), the event is part of the new student orientation, introducing new students to the Susquehanna University community, the Greater Susquehanna Valley and the university's longstanding tradition of service and leadership.

The annual event is designed to help new students strengthen their relationships with one another and the community at large. Teams of volunteers, led by university President L. Jay Lemons, faculty and staff, will work from 1-4 p.m. at more than 42 different sites in Snyder, Union, and Northumberland and Montour counties.

The volunteer sites include Danville State Hospital, Dauntless Hook and Ladder Company, Danville State Hospital, DCNR Bureau of State Parks, Far Point Animal Rescue, Geisinger House of Care, Grayson View Assisted Living, Haven Ministry homeless shelter, Kidsgrove, Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, Mostly Mutts, the Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Selinsgrove AYSO, Sunbury Community Hospital, T&D's Cats of the World and the Selinsgrove Restoration Project.

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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