FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Birmingham-Southern is
anticipating 345 freshman and 45 transfer students from 19 states
and two foreign countries to attend classes for the first time when
the college's 147th academic year begins Wednesday, Aug. 28.
The 345 first-year students represent the
second largest freshman class at Birmingham-Southern since 1989.
Last fall's freshman class was the largest in college history.
Total fall term enrollment is expected to
be 1,380 students in classes with a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.
The freshman class brings with it an average
grade-point average of 3.55. The first-year class includes 20 valedictorians
and 10 National Merit Finalists, bringing to 47 the total of National
Merit Finalists on the Birmingham-Southern campus.
The college will welcome its new freshmen
to campus on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the traditional "Move-In
Day." The new students, including transfer students, will spend
the day moving into their residence hall rooms with the help of
returning BSC students. The returning Birmingham-Southern students
will move into their residence halls beginning Sunday, Aug. 25.
Birmingham-Southern's four-day Orientation
for new students also begins Saturday, Aug. 24. An introduction
to the campus and to student life, academic preparation sessions,
entertainment, and other group activities highlight the schedule.
The new students will spend Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, participating
in painting, landscaping, and other service projects at nearby Woodrow
Wilson Elementary School.
Traditional rush activities begin Friday,
Sept. 13, for sororities and Wednesday, Sept. 18, for fraternities.
The BSC faculty has again this year selected
a book for the incoming first-year students to read. This year,
the freshmen are reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell,
a book about how trends and other social phenomenon occur. The students
will discuss the book during an Orientation session.