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Loyola University Welcomes 555 Freshmen One Year After Katrina

Loyola press release - August 25, 2006

(New Orleans) -- Faculty, staff, and student leaders at Loyola University New Orleans are welcoming another group of academically-talented students in the incoming freshmen class for the 2006-2007 school year. The Class of 2010 is made up of 555 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 3.64. The average standardized combined test score for the SAT is 1242, and the students have an ACT composite of 26.

Hispanic-Americans make up 14.1 percent, African-Americans comprise 12.8 percent, and Asian-Americans represent 7.2 percent of the Class of 2010. The students are from 40 states and 14 countries. The number of students specifying their religious preference as Roman Catholic was 52.4 percent.

The entire Class of 2010 will assemble on campus at 4 p.m. Friday, August 25 in Roussel Hall for the New Student Convocation. The class will hear remarks from Loyola’s Provost and Academic Vice President Walter Harris, Jr. Ph.D., 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.

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. Loyola’s common reading this year is Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. For more information about FYE, please visit the FYE website: http://cas.loyno.edu/fye/.
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