Published Aug. 22, 2013
Springfield, Ohio – They arrived just after the crack of dawn, eager yet nervous in anticipation of a new chapter of their lives. As they pulled up to their residence halls, the students in Wittenberg’s Class of 2017 were welcomed much as they were recruited, with big smiles, warm handshakes and words of encouragement.
Numerous Wittenberg faculty and staff members joined dozens of students serving as Orientation Assistants to make the transition as smooth as possible for the nearly 600 students who will take their first college classes on Monday, Aug. 26. Nearly every car was unloaded before 11 a.m., clearing the way for a weekend of New Student Days activities intended to acclimate the students to their new home away from home.
“We hear so often that the personal nature of this university makes a huge difference in the lives of prospective students and their parents,” said Karen Hunt, executive director of admission. “We are again pleased to have attracted so many outstanding students who are sure to enrich our campus.”
New Student Days officially opened with a procession across campus. It continues with a show by a hypnotist on Thursday, the popular annual Witt Olympics on Friday, and the New Student Service Plunge on Saturday, which introduces students to Wittenberg’s community service graduation requirement and its significance as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education.
At every turn throughout the weekend, the new students will be introduced to the active and engaged campus community for which Wittenberg is so well known.
Hailing from 29 states and 13 countries outside of the United States, Wittenberg’s class of 2017 boasts an outstanding academic profile with an average high school grade point average of 3.45. It is also very diverse, with 116 minority students, including 67 African Americans.
“We are excited to welcome an outstanding group of students to Wittenberg this year,” said Interim Dean of Students Casey Gill. “They bring great energy and talents that will undoubtedly enhance our community over the next few years.”
More information on New Student Days and Wittenberg can be found through the university's numerous social media avenues, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. A sampling of the social media activity and a new video about campus life can be found online at http://www5.wittenberg.edu/features/new-student-days-2013.
Written By: Ryan Maurer