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August 23, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College to welcome largest freshman class in history

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Plans are under way at Birmingham-Southern College to welcome the largest freshman class in school history. The 2007-08 academic year will commence when the fall term officially begins on Aug. 29.

The college is anticipating that 452 freshmen and 54 transfer students from 17 states and 3 foreign countries will begin classes this fall term.

The 506 total new students will bring fall undergraduate enrollment to about 1,319 students attending classes with a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

New students will be welcomed to campus on Saturday, Aug. 25, for the traditional “Move-in Day.” The new students will spend the morning moving into their residence halls with the help of their families and returning BSC students. They will join their parents for a convocation that afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. Returning students will move into their residence halls on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Orientation for new Birmingham-Southern students will also begin on Saturday, Aug. 25, and will continue for four days. The schedule includes an introduction to campus and student life, academic preparation sessions, entertainment, and other group activities.

A new program being introduced during orientation this year is “CONNECT,” an initiative designed to clearly articulate the goals of a BSC education. The project will help first-year students recognize connections between and across disciplines using the language and goals of the BSC Foundations curriculum. A block of time has been reserved Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 1-4:30 p.m. to explore these connections. Faculty advisors, assisted by student peer advisors, have developed a variety of activities to address the question, “What's the point of a liberal arts education at BSC?”. New students will spend the afternoon engaging in a variety of activities across campus and throughout the city of Birmingham exploring the concept.

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