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Freshman girls sing during orientation weekend

Freshman in the greet line during orientation weekendTransylvania began classes this fall with a total enrollment of 1,092 students and 297 new students, including 283 first-year students and 14 transfers.

The entering class, comprised of students from 12 states, includes 43 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and Governor’s School for the Arts participants, and nine National Merit Finalists. There are also four international students in the class, three from Germany and one from Canada.

Freshman group during orientation weekend“While this is a slightly smaller class than we anticipated, we are certainly pleased with many of the characteristics of the group,” said Brad Goan, director of admissions. “Academic quality is strong, we enrolled the largest number of international students in many years, and this is the most racially diverse class, by percentage, in Transy’s history. While we have seen this trend for several years, it is striking how committed these students are to community service, and we are excited to see how that translates to the Transylvania community.”

Orientation for the class of 2013 included the serenade on the steps of Old Morrison, during which the men sing to the women and women sing to the men (top center). The greet line (middle left), where new and returning students meet, featured a fist bump in lieu of the traditional handshake as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of the H1N1 flu virus.  Hand sanitizer was also available at the event.

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