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Loyola University New Orleans community welcomes 870 freshmen — largest class ever

Loyola press release - August 24, 2000

(New Orleans)—Faculty, staff, and student leaders at Loyola University New Orleans are welcoming the largest traditional freshmen class in recent memory this week. The Class of 2004 is made up of 870 students, a nine-percent increase over last year’s enrollment.

The new class’ average standardized combined test scores for SAT is 1190 and the students have an ACT composite of 26. Their combined grade point average is 3.56. These figures are significant when compared to the scores of the national college-bound population’s average scores of 1016 for the SAT and 21 on the ACT. The students are from 41 states and 19 foreign countries.

Students will move into Loyola’s residence halls on August 25, 2000, a great photo opportunity. Undergraduate classes begin on Monday, August 28.

An increase of five percent, over 1999, has been achieved in the ethnic diversity of the class. Hispanic Americans make up 12.4 percent and African Americans comprise 9.4 percent of the Class of 2004. The number of students specifying their religious preference as Roman Catholic was 62 percent, up almost five percent from 1999.

The entire Class of 2004 will assemble on campus Friday, August 25, to "Catch the Action," the second phase of the Loyola’s orientation program. The class will hear remarks from Loyola’s president, Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., and key faculty, administrators and student leaders. The New Student Orientation Office at Loyola University helps all new students make a smooth transition to university life and helps new students and their families learn about the expectations and realities of college life.

Since 1997, the Center for Student Leadership Development and New Student Orientation office have implemented the "Here to Help" button program. Loyola faculty and staff wear the button to let students know they are accessible and anxious to help with any question or concern.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.