Xavier University"s Class of 2016 Arrives This Week

August 14, 2012

“Let the X-Perience Begin” is the theme Friday, August 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when Xavier University’s Class of 2016 moves into their on-campus homes.

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

To reduce congestion, Xavier offers an early move-in option on Thursday, August 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. for all first-year students. Upperclass students are the Move Crew for this evening, returning the favor they received when moving into Xavier the first time.

As of 13 August, 1,092 young men and women make up the class of 2016. Over 11,000 students applied for fall 2012 admission. Classes begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, with the first full day of classes on Tuesday, August 21.

At release time, approximately 1,020 of this year’s first-year and transfer students will live on campus. More than 2,300 undergraduates will live in campus housing. Xavier has five residence halls and five apartment buildings with 2,319 beds.

Who is Xavier’s Class of 2016?
• The average high school grade point average (GPA) of the Class of 2016 is 3.62.
• 22.1 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.
• 9 ranked number one in their high school graduating class.
• The middle 50 percent scored between 1010 and 1190 on the SAT and between 23 and 28 on the ACT.
• 51 percent are from outside Ohio and represent 43 states and 9 countries: Canada, China, El Salvador, Honduras, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and Vietnam, in addition to the U.S.
• Undecided majors make up 17.6 percent.
• 99 percent applied for admission on-line.
• The class is 46 percent male and 54 percent female.
• 22.3 percent are students of color (African-American, Hispanic, Asian).
• 24.5 percent are first-generation students.
• The most popular first-year female name is Emily. For males - Matthew.
• Top Feeder High Schools:
St. Xavier HS (Cincinnati) 18
Mt. Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati) 14
Loyola Academy and Seton HS (Cincinnati) 13 each
Badin HS (Hamilton), McNicholas HS and Moeller HS (Cincinnati) 11 each
Lakota HS (Cincinnati) and St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 10 each
Milford HS, Oak Hills HS and Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati) 9 each

Freshman Orientation: Manresa
On Friday (August 17) 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.

After the goodbyes, Xavier first-years 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.

Students meet in small groups to discuss campus involvement, personal safety, diversity, academics, and more. There is social activity and entertainment and they may attend a Mass or interfaith gathering. They discuss the required reading, The Dew Breaker by Edwige Danticat. The main character is a former torturer for the 1960s Duvalier regime in Haiti who hides his past while living as an immigrant in present day New York City. Danticat’s stories convey love, hope, compromise and redemption. The Dew Breaker 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.

For more on Manresa visit www.xavier.edu/manresa

Week of Welcome
The Week of Welcome (WoW) is a week of FREE events welcoming first year and transfer students to campus and welcoming back returning students to Xavier University. Week of Welcome is coordinated and promoted by the Office of Student Involvement, but made possible by the dozens of clubs and departments sponsoring events throughout the week. For a list of events, visit http://www.xavier.edu/wow.

What’s New at Xavier
WeCar by Enterprise: Xavier University is partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer car sharing through WeCar by Enterprise. Available to students, faculty and staff, it is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable, efficient and cost-effective transportation alternative. Registered members have access to two Kia Souls parked on the south side of the Campus Services Building, next to Flynn Hall. A car will be on display during Xavier’s Manresa for new first-year students on Aug. 17, and Week of Welcome, Aug. 20-24, which transitions returning students back to campus. A kickoff is scheduled for Club Day on the Yard, August 27 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Rankings:
**One of the best in the nation according to Forbes magazine**Seven graduate programs among the best according to U.S. News**Best in the A-10 and 21st in the nation in graduation success rates for student-athletes**A best value in private colleges according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance**A military-friendly school according to G.I. Jobs.

New Programs:
Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) The family nurse practitioner (FNP) apply family-centered preventive care, diagnosis and treatment, as well as health maintenance and management of chronic illness to individuals across the life span in predominantly ambulatory primary care settings. The FNP track follows an integration of the MSN and nurse practitioner core courses and practicum experiences specific to the preparation of a family nurse practitioner. The course of study will culminate with an immersion practicum in the role of the FNP.
Bachelor of Science in Biophysics: The biophysics major combines the best of biology and chemistry with physics. It is the application of physics standards to biological processes. Biophysics can impact the health field with drug therapies and analytical techniques and tests for conditions and diseases.
Minor in Political Thought: The Political Thought minor was inspired by students' interest in the numerous courses in political philosophy offered by the philosophy and political science departments. The classes investigate fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of politics, such as: What is the best form of government? What is the essence of justice? When is a revolution justified?
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (Dept of Art)
Concentration in photography (Dept of Art)
Certificate in applied computation (Dept of Math and Computer Science)

Upgrades to Existing Buildings:
1. Cintas Center, McDonald Library, Hinkle Hall, Hailstones Hall – interior and exterior sprucing up
2. Gallagher Student Center – new exterior doors, interior finishes, new atrium furniture, and new convenience store
3. Joseph Hall, Elet Hall, O’Connor Sports Center, South Lot - parking lot paving
4. University Drive – sealing and striping
5. Schmidt Hall – third floor renovation
6. Corcoran Field – replace turf
7. Wayfinding signage - campus-wide building identification, exterior signs, and door lettering