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August 26, 2009

Birmingham-Southern to welcome largest traditional undergraduate enrollment in college history

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College will open the 2009-10 academic year on Sept. 2 with the largest traditional undergraduate enrollment in the college's more than 153 year history. It will welcome the third largest freshman class in as many years.

The 490 total new students, including freshmen and transfers, will bring fall undergraduate enrollment to more than 1,500 students attending classes with a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. This year's student body represents the largest total traditional undergraduate enrollment ever recorded at the college. The undergraduate population consists of 20 percent minority students.

Curriculum offered this year will include the launch of a Dialogue Series which will be a new yearlong, cross-disciplinary discussion of a single topic. This year, the BSC community will engage in a Dialogue on Food using “Menu for the Future,” a discussion guide published by Northwest Earth Institute, as a reference text. Faculty will incorporate this dialogue into curriculum throughout the academic year.

New students will be welcomed to campus on Saturday, Aug. 29, 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. 30.

Orientation for new Birmingham-Southern students will also begin on Saturday, Aug. 29, 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 Monday, Aug. 31. In its third 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 12:30-5:30 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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