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Loyola community welcomes 903 freshmen-largest class ever

Loyola press release - August 19, 2002

(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 2006 is made up of 903 students, a 4 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.The grade point average, SAT and ACT scores of the incoming class continue to increase. The class’s combined grade point average is 3.76. The average standardized combined test scores for the SAT is 1233 and the students have an ACT composite of 26.6. These figures are significant when compared to the scores of the national college-bound population’s average scores of 1042 for the SAT and 21 on the ACT.

Hispanic-Americans make up 13.5 percent and African-American comprise 7.6 percent of the Class of 2006. Asian-Americans represent 5.2 percent. The students are from 47 states and 16 foreign countries. The number of students specifying their religious preference as Roman Catholic was 57 percent.

The entire Class of 2006 will assemble on campus Friday, August 23, 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 offices 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.

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