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Press Release: DeSales University Welcomes Record 440 Incoming Freshmen as it Celebrates 40th Year
Date: 8/19/2005

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DeSales University Welcomes Record 440 Incoming Freshmen as it Celebrates 40th Year

This weekend, DeSales University will welcome a record 440 incoming freshmen, the largest first-year class in its 40-year history. Freshmen will arrive on campus on Sunday, August 21, to a full schedule of orientation activities, with classes for the new academic year scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 23.

Upon their arrival, students will find the Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Hall, the newest and largest upperclass residence hall and some new campus roads. They also will be greeted with lots of excitement resulting from the recent announcement that DeSales will receive $1 million in state funds, which will be used for an expanded bookstore and meeting rooms, as part of phase 2 of the DeSales University Center project.

Among the 440 freshmen, 43 percent are male and 57 percent are female, with 5.3 percent minority, of those who reported ethnicity. The incoming class represents 13 states and 1 foreign country, with the majority of students from Pennsylvania (62 percent) and New Jersey (23 percent).

Dean of Enrollment Management Pete Rautzhan states, "The ability to open the fall semester with Welsh Hall and 146 beds for upperclassmen, is really beneficial to the campus community, as 90 percent of the incoming freshmen class will be residential students. The addition of Welsh Hall alleviates any possible housing problems."

According to Rautzhan, reaching the record enrollment did not impact the academic quality of recent enrolling classes at DeSales, as the average SAT score for the Class of 2009 of 1085 is consistent with the 3-year average of classes of 2008, 2007 and 2006. Also, of the students from high schools reporting class rank, 70 percent rank in the top 40 percent of their graduating classes.

DeSales will be highlighting the academic and social experiences of three new members of the campus community, as they chronicle their freshmen year on the university's Web site, as part of an online journal series, "Year in the Life." The students include Nicholas Fox, of Newtown, Pa., a television and film major from Holy Ghost Prep; Holli Pfautz, of Reading, Pa., an undeclared student with interest in elementary education from Muhlenberg Township High School; and Victoria Kroll, of Neptune City, N.J., a dance major from St. Rose High School.

Fox, Pfautz and Kroll will be provided with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera and will be providing pictures and dialogue of their experiences as entering DeSales students at various times through the academic year. They will join Anthony Coppa, of Norristown, Pa., a junior English major, who will cover his living and learning experiences during the fall semester at the American University of Rome, along with four other DeSales upperclassmen, in a program administered by Elizabeth Rosa, associate professor of business at DeSales.

DeSales was founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, and will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. In addition to the 440 freshmen, the university will welcome 45 transfer students beginning the fall semester. The most popular majors for incoming students include theater, physician assistant, nursing, TV / film and sports management.

This fall semester, 1,430 traditional (ages 18 to 22), full-time undergraduate day students, about 300 full-time undergraduate day ACCESS students and about 800 graduate students will be attending DeSales. Students in the ACCESS or lifelong learning program at DeSales are designated non-traditional students. DeSales offers 33 bachelor's degrees and 6 graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. The university has 90 full-time faculty members. Tuition, room and board and basic student fees cost about $28,500.

Press Release: DeSales University Welcomes Record 440 Incoming Freshmen as it Celebrates 40th Year | Posted on: 8/19/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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