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University welcomes 991 freshmen

Loyola press release - August 19, 2005

Faculty, staff, and student leaders at Loyola University New Orleans are welcoming another group of excellent students in the incoming freshmen class. The Class of 2009 is made up of 991 students.

The grade point average, SAT and ACT scores of the incoming class follow Loyola’s recent trend of attracting academically gifted students. The class’ combined grade point average is 3.6. The average standardized combined test score for the SAT is 1212, and the students have an ACT composite of 26. These figures are significant when compared to the scores of the national college-bound population’s average scores of 1026 for the SAT and 21 on the ACT.

Hispanic-Americans make up 15 percent, African-Americans comprise 10.8 percent, and Asian-Americans represent 4.1 percent of the Class of 2009. The students are from 46 states and 18 countries. The number of students specifying their religious preference as Roman Catholic was 46.5 percent.

The entire Class of 2009 will assemble on campus Friday, August 26, to “Catch the Action,” the second phase of the freshman orientation program. The class will hear remarks from Loyola’s president, Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., and key faculty, administrators and student leaders. The New Student Orientation Office at Loyola University assists all new students in making 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 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.

In addition to “Catch the Action,” Loyola has instituted a First Year Experience (FYE) program for all incoming freshmen. FYE is designed to integrate students academically and socially into the Loyola learning environment. The program begins over the summer when incoming freshmen are required to read a common book. This year’s book is Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. When the students come to Loyola for orientation, they discuss the book in small groups facilitated by professors. For more information about FYE, please visit the FYE website: http://cas.loyno.edu/fye/.

One of the most exciting things about FYE is that the theme becomes the centerpiece of numerous other projects and events on campus, including the Drama and Speech Department’s production of Nickel and Dimed on September 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. in Marquette Theater.

Academic Excellence, Ideal Size, Rich Jesuit Tradition…It’s this unique combination that distinguishes Loyola University New Orleans from other institutions. Visit us at www.loyno.edu.