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Press Release: DeSales University Welcomes 400 Incoming Freshmen in Class of 2010, Sat., August 19
Date: 8/16/2006

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DeSales University Welcomes 400 Incoming Freshmen in Class of 2010, Sat., August 19

DeSales University will welcome 400 freshmen to campus as the Class of 2010 on Saturday, August 19. The students will have a full schedule of orientation activities, before classes for the new academic year begin Wednesday, August 23. Students in this year's incoming class also will have the distinction of being inaugural members of the new first-year experience, "Character U," that will continue with programs throughout the full 2006 - 2007 academic year at DeSales.

First-year experience programs help students as they transition to college life from high school. While most colleges offer a foundational first-year experience to students, Jerry Joyce, vice president for student life at DeSales, believes Character U is distinctive because it is transformational in nature and aims to develop and enhance those character traits that are proven indicators of successful, healthy, mature and contributing individuals to society.

"Character formation is something DeSales has done well for many years, but this year will be very exciting, as the programming of Character U takes shapes as a formalized co-curricular program," says Joyce. "Each month, different character traits will be highlighted through campus programming and events that are provided as student services to acclimate and connect new students to the University community."

As a prelude to Character U, each member of the Class of 2010 was presented with a copy of Character is Destiny by Russell Gough during spring orientation and was asked to read it over the summer. According to Joyce, numerous faculty members have indicated they intend to incorporate either "Character is Destiny" or the highlighted traits of the month into their course offerings or co-curricular opportunities.

Among the 400 freshmen who will participate in this exciting new program, 44 percent are male and 56 percent are female, with 9.6 percent students of diverse backgrounds, of those who reported ethnicity. The incoming students represent 14 states and one foreign country, with the majority of students from Pennsylvania (63 percent) and New Jersey (22 percent). The most popular majors for new arrivals include theater, physician assistant, TV / film, sports management, accounting and nursing.

In addition to the 400 freshmen, the university will welcome 50 transfer students, which puts DeSales firmly on track to reach the goal of 1600 students by the fall of 2010.

According to Dean of Enrollment Management Pete Rautzhan, changes in the format of the New SAT did not impact the academic quality of the Class of 2010, although some schools have reported declines in their academic profile.

"The average SAT score for the Class of 2010 is 1085, which is consistent with the three-year average of the classes of 2009, 2008, and 2007," said Rautzhan. "Also, 72 percent of the students from high schools reporting class rank are in the top 40 percent of their graduating classes."

Once again, DeSales will be highlighting the academic and social experiences of five members of the campus community in "Year in the Life," an online series on the university's Web site that chronicles their academic year. Four incoming students will be chosen to go along with upperclassman Matt McMahon, a junior English major from Langhorne, Pa., who will be taking part in the Semester at Sea program during the fall semester. Each student will be provided with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera and will share pictures and commentary of their experiences as entering DeSales students at various times through the academic year.

This fall semester, more than 1,500 traditional (ages 18 to 22), full-time undergraduate students, about 380 full-time undergraduate ACCESS students and about 670 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 $30,250.

Press Release: DeSales University Welcomes 400 Incoming Freshmen in Class of 2010, Sat., August 19 | Posted on: 8/16/2006

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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