FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern is anticipating 361
freshman and 41 transfer students from 21 states and nine foreign
countries to attend classes for the first time when the college's
148th academic year begins Wednesday, Aug. 27.
The 361 first-year students represent the second largest freshman
class at Birmingham-Southern since 1989. First-year enrollments
in 2001 and 2002 were
the largest and third largest, respectively, in the past 14 years.
Total fall term enrollment is expected to be 1,404 students in
classes with a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.
The freshman class brings with it an average grade-point average
of 3.4. The first-year class includes 24 valedictorians and 17
National Merit Finalists,
bringing to 49 the total of National Merit Finalists on the Birmingham-Southern
The college will welcome its new freshmen
to campus on Saturday, Aug. 23, 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. 24.
Birmingham-Southern's four-day Orientation
for new students also begins Saturday, Aug. 23. 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.
in painting, landscaping, and other service projects at nearby Woodrow Wilson
Traditional rush activities begin Friday, Sept. 5, for sororities
and Wednesday, Sept. 10, 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 Future of Life by
eminent Harvard University naturalist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Mobile
native Edward O. Wilson. The students have been using an online
discussion board on
the college's website to discuss the book over the summer and will
delve further into their reading during new student orientation.