FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The fourth largest freshman class in Birmingham-Southern history is expected on campus when the college begins its 149th academic year next month.
The college is anticipating that 372 freshman and 26 transfer students from 23 states and three foreign countries will attend classes for the first time when the fall 2004 term begins Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Total fall term enrollment is expected to be 1,350 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 and an average ACT score of 27. The class includes 16 valedictorians and seven National Merit Finalists, bringing to 47 the total of National Merit Finalists on the Birmingham-Southern campus.
It also marks the first academic year for new Birmingham-Southern President Dr. David Pollick, who began his tenure as the college's 12th president in July.
The college will welcome its new students to campus on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the traditional “Move-In Day.” The new students will spend the morning moving into their residence hall rooms with the help of returning BSC students. They will join their parents for a convocation that afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. The returning Birmingham-Southern students will move into their residence halls beginning Sunday, Aug. 29.
Birmingham-Southern's four-day Orientation for new students also begins Saturday, Aug. 28. 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. 29, participating in landscaping and other service projects at nearby Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.
Traditional rush activities begin Friday, Sept. 10, for sororities and Tuesday, Sept. 14, for fraternities.
The BSC faculty this year selected Making the Most of College by Dr. Richard J. Light for the freshman students to read. The students will discuss the book during orientation. Light is a graduate education professor in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.