ADRIAN, Mich – Adrian College is now home to over 530 new students, as the class of 2017 arrives on campus to kick off Welcome Week activities. This incoming class marks the seventh consecutive year the entering class has exceeded the 500-student mark, evidence of a continuing recruitment momentum that began in 2006.
“The College continues its mission to attract an increasing number of qualified students,” said Erin VanDerworp, Director for Admissions. “This year’s class is further evidence of the firm commitment to a distinctive and well-rounded liberal arts education.”
VanDerworp goes on to note that College received a record breaking number of applications for this incoming class, and highlights the higher academic standard of its applicants. On the academic front, this class boasts the largest number of freshmen with an ACT composite score of 25 or higher and the College’s largest number of incoming students who were the Valedictorian of their respective high school peers.
The incoming class is diverse in its demographics, boasting students from four countries, five provinces and 23 states including Alaska, California, Arizona and Florida. The class is unique in that it offers four sets of twins, one cancer survivor and one student who composed and directed her ensemble at her high school. This class also claims the College’s largest number of legacy students while drawing a significant number of new students with strong leadership backgrounds.
“A great deal of the praise for enrolling this diverse class is credited to the College’s faculty and staff who, together, shoulder the bulk of the recruiting responsibilities,” said Frank Hribar, Vice President for Enrollment & Student Affairs at Adrian College. “The staff was challenged to continue to increase the academic standards of the entering class profile and they delivered. This is the best academic class in many years.”
Welcome Week festivities kicked off Sunday, August 18 with new students moving in on campus to set up class schedules, meet with faculty and other students, take part in unique community and campus experiences and concluding in Chicago with a two-day tour of the town. Classes began on August 26.