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August 22, 2008

Birmingham-Southern College to welcome another record freshman class, largest undergraduate enrollment since 1989

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College will once again welcome the largest freshman class in school history, surpassing the record set last year.

The college is expecting 456 freshmen and 49 transfer students from 22 states and seven foreign countries when the 2008-09 academic year commences and the fall term officially begins Aug. 27.

Our largest freshman class again - 456

The 505 total new students will bring fall undergraduate enrollment to about 1,401 students attending classes with a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, representing the largest total traditional undergraduate enrollment at the college in almost 20 years.

Curriculum offered this year will include the addition of a new interdisciplinary major in Urban Environmental Studies. Birmingham and the diverse natural landscapes of its region provide a living laboratory for students to study social and environmental problems through research, class projects, and internships. Students declaring this major will choose from three concentrations for specialization: natural sciences, society and policy, and environmental education.

New students will be welcomed to campus on Saturday, Aug. 23, for the traditional “Move-in Day.” The 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 convocation that afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum. Returning students will move on campus on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Orientation for new Birmingham-Southern students will also begin on Saturday, Aug. 23, and will continue for four days. The schedule includes an introduction to campus and student life, academic preparation sessions, entertainment, and other group activities.

An orientation program called “CONNECT” will take place Tuesday, Aug. 26. In its second year, the initiative is 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 from noon-4:30 p.m. to explore these connections. Faculty advisors, assisted by student peer advisors and staff 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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