Freshmen gear up for school year

Class of 2009 comprises 774 students and holds record as "smartest class" | August 18, 2005

"Turn On & Tune In" is the theme on Friday, Aug. 19, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. when 90 percent of the freshman class moves into their new on-campus homes.

The Move Crew—made up of more than 200 upper classmen, ROTC, faculty and staff volunteers—is assisting freshmen and their parents carry in clothes, stereos, computers and anything else they bring along. The Move Crew, dressed in neon lime green shirts, is divided into 48 groups.

“Each group will be represented by a TV show from before 1995 such as 'Who’s the Boss?' 'Step By Step,' 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,'” says Xavier senior Kate O’Neill, Manresa student program director.

The Class of 2009 comprises 774 young men and women. That’s a bit smaller than last year’s record freshman class of 886. The University saw an increase of more than 600 applications with 5,497 requesting admission.

Classes begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, with the first full day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Xavier’s total enrollment for the 2005-2006 school year is expected to be about 6,600.

The class of 2009 continues the freshman trend as the “smartest class” in Xavier history. The average high school GPA of the incoming freshman is 3.60.

After moving in, freshmen are spending the next several days in an orientation program called Manresa, which refers to a town in Spain where St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order that founded Xavier, took time to reflect on his life. This parallels the process of reflection new students experience as they begin their college careers.

Manresa offers students a variety of activities to help prepare them for the challenges of the four years ahead. They attend workshops on topics such as getting organized, risk taking, community service, and how to deal with peer pressure. For more information on Manresa call 513 745-3662.