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Loyola welcomes Class of 2020

| By Stephanie Weaver
Video by Chris Singlemann

Loyola University Maryland welcomed the Class of 2020 as they arrived on campus on Sept. 1, 2016.

Parents, faculty, and other members of the campus community rose to applaud the Class of 2020 at the New Student Convocation today as the new students entered Reitz Arena. Later in the program, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., addressed the students.

“I urge you to use your gifts of time and freedom responsibly and creatively. Choose your courses and professors with an eye to being challenged intellectually. Cultivate the ability to find joy in learning and academic achievement. Join organizations and clubs that are fun, yes, but that will also allow you to understand our world better and develop your leadership skills,” he said. “Get to know Baltimore. Not just the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards but also the treasures at the Walters Art Museum and your brothers and sisters who are dependent on the food program at Our Daily Bread or Beans and Bread. Become a part of a community that will nourish your spirit and help you to make a difference in our world.”

As first-year students embark on their college experience, they will all take part in Loyola’s living learning program, Messina. The common text for Messina is How to Win an Election, Quintus Tullius Cicero’s letter to his brother, Marcus Cicero, a candidate for Consul (the highest office in the Roman Republic) in 64 B.C.

New students have the opportunity to make connections and get acclimated to college life at numerous events during Fall Welcome Weekend scheduled through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Class of 2020 by the numbers:

  • 12,729: total number of applications received
  • 21%: multicultural students
  • 12%: students receiving Pell Grants
  • 7%: students who attended Jesuit high schools
  • 8%: legacy students
  • 15%: first-generation college students
  • 35%: students who enrolled test optional
  • 166: students from Maryland
  • 1,111: total students enrolled
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