"History in the Making" was the theme as the Class of 2014 arrived on campus on Friday, Aug. 20. These students are starting their Xavier careers as the Hoff Academic Quadrangle, the largest expansion in University history, opens its doors. The new construction includes a new building for the Williams College of Business and a new Conaton Learning Commons.
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Xavier Move Crew members clad in bright green T-shirts helped new students move into their rooms. Crew members descend on each car as it approaches, welcoming the newest members of the Xavier community and carrying students belongings up to their rooms. The Move Crew includes more than 200 upper class students, ROTC cadets, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers.
Because of the large class size, Xavier offered an early move-in option for Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for first-year students in Brockman, Kuhlman and Husman Halls. Young alumni served as the Move Crew for the evening move-in.
The Class of 2014 includes 1,063 men and women—the second largest class in school history after last year's class of 1,174 students. They are among more than 9,300 students who applied for admission this year and bring Xavier’s total student population, including graduate students, to 6,662 students. More than 2,000 students are living on campus this year, including about 88 percent of the freshman class, in residence halls located on the residential mall between Victory Parkway and Herald Avenue.
Construction of the University's two newest buildings that make up the Hoff Quad were completed in time for students returning to campus this weekend. The Conaton Learning Commons offers high-tech learning spaces and research capabilities for all students, while Stephen and Dolores Smith Hall is the new home for the Williams College of Business.
Construction continues on a new residence hall and dining complex that will house 535 students. Completion is scheduled for August 2011.
The Class of 2014 reflects a continuation of Xavier's high standards for admission: The average high school grade point average is 3.53; 26 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes; 13 ranked No. 1 in their high school graduating class; and the middle 50 percent scored between 1033 and 1218 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The class is 47 percent male, 53 percent female; 20 percent minorities; 21 percent first-generation. And 47 percent are from outside Ohio, representing 38 states and 12 countries including China, El Salvador, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The most popular major is business undecided.
Classes began at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, with the first full day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 24.