Record Class of 2013 Begins Moving in Thursday Evening

| August 18, 2009

“Explore the Possibilities, Expand the Horizons” is the theme Friday, August 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when Xavier University’s Class of 2013 moves into their on-campus homes. Lots of food, music and fun will greet the Class of 2013 and their families!

Because of the large class size, Xavier offered an early move-in option for Thursday, August 20 from 6-8:30pm for 300 first-year students in Brockman, Kuhlman and Husman Halls. Young alumni will complement the neon-shirted Move Crew for this evening move-in, giving back what they received when they moved into Xavier.

1,201 young men and women make up the class of 2013. That’s 40% larger than last year’s class of 860. 7,152 students applied for fall 2009 admission. Classes begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, with the first full day of classes on Tuesday, August 25. Xavier’s total student population as of August 6 is 6,355.
At release time, approximately 90% of this year’s first year students will live on campus. A total of 2,078 undergraduate students will live in campus housing. The residence halls are located on the residential mall between Victory Parkway and Herald Avenue.

The Xavier University Move Crew, dressed in bright green tee-shirts, will assist new students as they move in. The Move Crew is more than 200 upper class students, ROTC, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers. The Crew descends on each car as it approaches a residence hall, enthusiastically welcoming the newest members of the Xavier community. Members unload each vehicle and carry the new students’ belongings up to their room. (Photo is of a previous year’s move-in.)

Welcome to Xavier via nationally-recognized website
Many first year students may already know each other and about life at Xavier thanks to Xavier’s award-winning website. Accepted students chatted with each other, current students and administrators and faculty. Parents and family of accepted students have their own site.

The Class of 2013 also got acquainted with Xavier through a special web portal. The new students saw the same information as current students plus important details about beginning their Xavier academic careers. Prior to arriving at Xavier, new students received e-mails about safety, health and transitioning. Parents and family received similar e-mails. Xavier’s site received this year’s Grand Gold Award as part of the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards program. Web sites from 94 colleges and universities were judged and Xavier was chosen in a category that has never before named a Grand Gold winner.

Freshman Orientation: Manresa
On Friday afternoon at 3:15, after they are 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 spend the weekend in an orientation called Manresa, referring to a Spanish town where St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits (the religious order that runs Xavier) reflected on his life. This parallels the process of reflection new students experience as they begin their college career. Manresa offers students a variety of activities to help prepare them for the challenges of the four years ahead.

During Manresa, students meet in small groups to discuss the transition to college life, including finances, safety, diversity, academics, and service. They have plenty of entertainment and social activities, as well, and will be able to attend a Mass or an interfaith gathering.

They will discuss Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, this summer’s required reading. The 1953 futuristic novel is about Guy Montag, a "fireman" in a society in which books are outlawed and burned. Fahrenheit 451 was distributed at the summer Priority Registration Program (PREP) for new students, who then submitted a written assignment via “The Road to Xavier" website. During Manresa, students discuss the book with Xavier faculty who have read their essays.

For more on Manresa call 513-745-3662 or visit the website at

Week of Welcome
The welcome back to campus for all Xavier students is not just one day but will span an entire week. Activities will range from multicultural events to athletic events to food to films to spirituality to hypnotism. For a list of events, visit:

Who is the Class of 2013?
Most of the members of the class of 2013 were born in 1991. In that year:

* Operation Desert Storm forced Saddam Hussein and Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
* The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time.
* South Africa repealed all remaining apartheid laws.
* Dr. Seuss died.
* The USSR was dissolved.
* The World Wide Web debuted to the public.
* The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, aka Super Nintendo, debuted.

* Median cost of new house: $120,000
* Median annual household income: $30,126
* Average monthly rent: $495
* Cost of a gallon of gas: $1.14
* Price for a new car: $13-18,000
* Computer cost from: $2,000 - 4,300
* First-class stamp: 29 cents

Xavier’s Class of 2013

* The average high school grade point average (GPA) of the Class of 2013 is 3.54.
* 24.3% rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes, with 85% ranking in the top 50% of their respective high school classes.
* 20 ranked number one in their high school graduating class.
* The middle 50% scored between 1050 and 1230 on the SAT.
* 47% are from outside Ohio and represent 40 states, and 12 countries including Bahamas, Canada, China, India, Israel, Japan, Namibia, Pakistan, Serbia and Montenegro, South Korea, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan

* 13.6% are registered as an undecided major.
* Another 10.2% are registered as an undecided business major.
* The most popular major is Natural Sciences.
* 99% applied for admission on-line.
* The class is 46% male and 54% female.
* 13% are minorities.
* 19% are first-generation students.
* The most popular freshman class female name is Emily. For males - Michael.
* Top Feeder High Schools: St. Xavier High School, McAuley High School, St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH, Mt. Notre Dame High School, Mason High School, Mason, OH, Mother of Mercy High School, Saint Ursula Academy

New Families
Parents and families of incoming first year students can connect with current Xavier families at the “Parent Pit-Stop.” A reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday in the Kohlhepp Auxiliary Gym in the Cintas Center after they say goodbye to their students.

Xavier Alumni-Based Business on Campus during Move In
For the thirteenth year, Xavier alum Kara Kantner Barr will be outside Husman Hall to greet students and sell her Space Maximizer. As a Xavier freshman, she designed this shelving unit especially to fit university dorm rooms. She is introducing a new smaller model this year to fit into the triple-occupancy rooms.

What’s New at Xavier
Building the future: The Hoff Academic Quad continues to take shape along Dana and Ledgewood Avenues. The Quad features the Conaton Learning Commons, a new Williams College of Business, and a new Central Utility Plant. A new residence hall and classroom building are in the works. For updates, including a live webcam, please visit

Improving the past: New paint and floor treatments will greet students returning to campus in The Commons apartments, Hoff Dining Hall, and Cintas conference rooms. Interior door locks have been installed in all classrooms for safety and Brockman Residence Hall has a new elevator, which is more modern and reliable.

Sustainability: In keeping with ongoing campus sustainability efforts, old mattresses and carpeting have been recycled rather than sent to a dump. The Hoff Quad is being built to Silver LEED Standards and the new Central Utility Plant will be much more efficient at distributing and controlling air quality. The University will use 20% less water when it is complete. In addition, the Hoff Cafeteria is doing away with trays completely, which will save water in washing and waste less food. Tom Turnbull has been named head chef at Chartwell’s, Xavier’s food service provider, and Ed Devoid is the new site manager for Chartwell’s.