“History in the Making” is the theme this Friday, August 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when Xavier University’s Class of 2014 moves into their on-campus homes. These students are starting their Xavier careers as Xavier completes the largest expansion in its history with the Hoff Academic Quadrangle (more below).
The Xavier University Move Crew, clad in bright green t-shirts, assist new students as they move in. The Move Crew is over 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 member of the Xavier community. Members unload each vehicle and carry the student’s belongings up to the room. (Photo is of a previous year’s move-in.)
Because of the large class size, Xavier offered an early move-in option for Thursday, August 19 from 6-8:30pm 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 16, 1,063 young men and women make up the class of 2014. 9,307 students applied for fall 2010 admission. Classes begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23, with the first full day of classes on Tuesday, August 24. Xavier’s total student population as of August 16 is 6,662.
At release time, approximately 88% of this year’s first year students will live on campus. Over 2,035 undergraduates will live in campus housing. The residence halls are located on the residential mall between Victory Parkway and Herald Avenue.
Talk With An Interesting First-Year Student on August 20
Mike Nelson: A new ROTC cadet who already has another career as a songwriter with BMI Music.
Freshman Orientation: Manresa
On Friday afternoon at 3:15, 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. It refers to a Spanish town where the founder of the Jesuits (Xavier’s religious order) reflected on his life, much like the process of reflection new students experience as they begin their college career. Manresa helps them 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, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The 2003 book is based on Satrapi’s personal childhood experience of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Persepolis 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 with Xavier faculty who have read their essays.
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-clubs/Week-of-Welcome.cfm
Xavier’s Class of 2014
• The average high school grade point average (GPA) of the Class of 2014 is 3.53.
• 26% 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 1033 and 1218 on the SAT.
• 47% are from outside Ohio and represent 38 states, and 12 countries including China, El Salvador, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
• 18% are registered as an undecided major.
• The most popular major is business undecided.
• 99% applied for admission on-line.
• The class is 47% male and 53% female.
• 20% are minorities (African-American, Hispanic, Asian).
• 21% are first-generation students.
• The most popular freshman class female name is Megan. For males - Michael.
• Top Feeder High Schools:
St. Xavier HS (Cincinnati) 26
McAuley HS (Cincinnati) 19
St. Ignatius HS (Cleveland) 15
Elder HS (Cincinnati) 12
Walnut Hills HS (Cincinnati) 12
Mt. Notre Dame HS (Cinti) 11
Bishop Watterson HS (Columbus) 11
What’s New at Xavier
The Hoff Quad is now open: The Hoff Academic Quad, along Dana and Ledgewood Avenues, features a new Central Utility Plant, the Conaton Learning Commons, and Smith Hall, which is the new home for the Williams College of Business.
Xavier Police: Patrol cars have a new look and the department has purchased a Segway, which will be making the rounds at Move-In.
Outdoor Basketball Courts: Three new outdoor basketball courts have been created near Buenger Hall to give students more opportunities to engage close to their rooms.
O’Connor Updates: The exercise equipment in the O’Connor Sports Center is being updated.
A New Residence Hall and Dining Complex is under construction: The residence hall will house 535 students in suite-style living in four connected buildings. The new dining facility will seat up to 800 and replace the Hoff Marketplace in the Cintas Center. The 240,000-square-foot building will be ready for the August 2011 Move-In.
Students can now rent their textbooks: Xavier has partnered with Rent-A-Text to provide students with the option of renting a new or used textbook for a semester rather than purchasing it. At the end of the term, the textbook is shipped or returned to the bookstore for check-in.