Xavier University"s Class of 2015 Arrives This Week

August 15, 2011

“We Have An App for That” is the theme Friday, August 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when Xavier University’s Class of 2015 moves into their on-campus homes. These students are starting their Xavier careers as Xavier opens a new four-tower residence hall and new 700 plus seat dining commons.

The Xavier Move Crew, in bright neon t-shirts, will assist the new students as they move in. The Move Crew is made up of more than 200 upper class students, ROTC, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers. The Move Crew enthusiastically welcomes each new member of the Xavier community as the student’s car approaches a residence hall. The Move Crew then unloads each vehicle and carries the student’s belongings up to their room. (Photo is of a previous year’s move-in.)

To reduce congestion, Xavier is offering an early move-in option on Thursday, August 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. for first-year students in Brockman, Kuhlman and Husman Halls. Young alumni will serve as the Move Crew for the evening move-in, giving back what they received when they moved into Xavier for the first time.

As of August 15, 1,137 young men and women make up the class of 2015. 9,306 students applied for fall 2011 admission. Classes begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22, with the first full day of classes on Tuesday, August 23.

At release time, approximately 90% of this year’s first-year students will live on campus. More than 2,330 undergraduates will live in campus housing. Xavier has five residence halls and five apartment buildings with 2,380 beds.

Who is Xavier’s Class of 2015?
• The average high school grade point average (GPA) of the Class of 2015 is 3.53.
• 14% rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes.
• 13 ranked number one in their high school graduating class.
• The middle 50% scored between 990 and 1180 on the SAT and between 22 and 27 on the ACT.
• 48% are from outside Ohio and represent 45 states and 10 countries: China, Colombia, Kuwait, Niger, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and The Bahamas.
• 21% are registered as an undecided major.
• The most popular major is undecided.
• 99% applied for admission on-line.
• The class is 46% male and 54% female.
• 18% are students of color (African-American, Hispanic, Asian).
• 22% are first-generation students.
• The most popular freshman class female name is Emily. For males - Michael.
• Top Feeder High Schools:
St. Xavier HS (Cincinnati) 25
McAuley HS (Cincinnati) 17
Mt. Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati) 15
Lakota West HS (Cincinnati) 14
Elder HS (Cincinnati), St. Ignatius HS (Columbus) 13
Seton HS (Cincinnati), Sycamore HS (Cincinnati) 11

Freshman Orientation: Manresa
On Friday (August 19) at 3:15 p.m., after they have moved in, students and families will be welcomed by Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., in a community celebration at the Cintas Center.

Xavier first-year students then begin a weekend of orientation called Manresa. Manresa refers to a Spanish town where St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of Xavier’s religious order, the Jesuits, reflected on his life, much like the process of reflection new students experience as they begin their college career. Manresa helps students prepare for the challenges of the next four years.

During Manresa, students meet in small groups to discuss finances, safety, diversity, academics, and service. They have lots of entertainment and social activities and are able to attend a Mass or an interfaith gathering. They will discuss this summer’s required reading, A Pearl in the Storm by Toni Murden McClure. The 2009 book is an account of the author’s brave journey as the first woman to row a boat alone across the ocean. It tells about the storms that twist our lives and shatter our dreams and was distributed at the summer Priority Registration Program (PREP) for new students, who submitted a written assignment via the web. During Manresa, students discuss the book and their essays with Xavier faculty. This year, McClure herself will be on hand to talk with the students about her book.

For more on Manresa call 513-745-3662 or visit the website at www.xavier.edu/manresa

Week of Welcome
The welcome back to campus for all Xavier students spans an entire week. Activities will range from multicultural gatherings to athletic events to food to films to spirituality to hypnotism. For a list of events, visit http://www.xavier.edu/student-involvement/campus-events/Week-of-Welcome.cfm

What’s New at Xavier
The Residence/Dining Complex is now open: The new residence hall houses 535 students in suite-style living in four connected buildings and is the largest residence hall on campus. Students will move in on August 21. The James E. Hoff, S.J. Dining Commons, aka Hoff Dining Commons, seats up to 700 inside and replaces the Hoff Marketplace in the Cintas Center. The statue of Fr. Hoff which was located by the Cintas Center will be moved to the new complex. In addition to several food stations, a bakery and a built-in stone hearth pizza oven, Coca-Cola Freestyle will let students create their own drinks, with over 125 options, such as Raspberry Diet Coke and Fanta Grape. Take a sneak peek at http://www.youtube.com/xavierdining#p/a/u/0/CNHainyZLyw.
The entire complex is 245,000 square feet and is the second largest building on campus next to the Cintas Center. There is a green roof over the dining commons and was built to LEED silver standards. A short video tour of the complex is at: http://www.youtube.com/xavierdining#p/a/u/2/OqyaMp-7gvM or http://www.xavier.edu/portal_announcements/DiningDish_Aug10_final.pdf

Rankings: Xavier has received two rankings just this month. Princeton Review once again named Xavier one of the “Best in the Midwest” and Forbes says Xavier is one of “America’s Top Colleges.” They rank Xavier 184 overall, 157 of private schools, 36 in the Midwest, and 16 among Mater’s level colleges. The annual ranking by US News & World Report is due any day.

New Majors: Students will find two new undergraduate majors at Xavier beginning this fall. Actuarial science will be taught in Xavier’s College of Arts & Sciences. This interdisciplinary major will provide students with the mathematical, statistical, computational and business background to succeed in the field of identifying and managing risk. The College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education will offer an undergraduate degree in health services administration. Xavier’s master’s degree in Health Services Administration has been ranked #1 in the nation twice in the past three years.

Streetscape: The city’s project to widen Dana Avenue and install new gas piping is continuing. This has included demolition of two houses on Dana. By January, an esplanade will run down the middle of Dana from Interstate 71 to Victory Parkway. Sewer repairs and repaving are complete on Cleneay Avenue.

Existing Buildings Upgraded: New science labs have been installed in Albers and Logan Halls. Upgrades have been made to Joseph, Hailstones, McDonald Library, Gallagher Student Center, University Apartments, Buenger Residence Hall, Sycamore House and Cintas Center. New water lines are now connecting the buildings on the Academic Mall to the new Central Utility Plant on Dana Avenue. The old plant facing Victory Parkway has been demolished.

Rotary: A new rotary on Ledgewood Avenue near Bellarmine Chapel is under construction. The focal point will be an 11-foot statue of St. Francis Xavier.

Sustainability: All students who purchase a meal plan will receive an eco-box, purchased by Chartwells Higher Education at no cost to Xavier. They will be distributed during Manresa and the first week of class. Students can exchange their used eco-box for a clean one at their next visit to the Hoff Dining Commons. This will eliminate last year’s Styrofoam take-out containers and remove more than 30,000 trash items from a landfill each school year. This change strengthens Xavier’s sustainability initiatives, including trayless dining and 100% compostable to-go cups, which replaced Styrofoam cups last year. Xavier is in the process of hiring a sustainability coordinator to oversee efforts under the ACUPCC (American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment).