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Loyola University New Orleans community Welcomes 880 freshmen—largest class ever

Loyola press release - August 22, 2001

(New Orleans)—Faculty, staff and student leaders at Loyola University New Orleans are welcoming another record setting number of excellent students in the incoming freshmen class.

The Class of 2005 is made up of 880 students, a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.

The new class’s average standardized combined test scores for the SAT is 1215 and the students have an ACT composite of 26. Their combined grade point average is 3.63. Both of these scores have increased from last year. These figures are also significant when compared to the scores of the national college-bound population’s average scores of 1019 for the SAT and 21 on the ACT. The students are from 41 states and 17 foreign countries.

Students will move into Loyola’s residence halls on August 24, 2001. Undergraduate classes begin on Monday, August 27.

Hispanic Americans make up 12.8 percent and African American comprise 7.5 percent of the Class of 2005. The number of students specifying their religious preference as Roman Catholic was 58.2 percent.

The entire Class of 2005 will assemble on campus Friday, August 24, 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.