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Loyola welcomes Class of 2019, most diverse in university's history

| By Nick Alexopulos
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From left to right: First-year students Jessica Coury (Cleveland, Ohio), Eboni Edwards (Frederick, Md.), Rodlyn-Mae Banting (Eastchester, N.Y.), and Chris Hoffman (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Loyola University Maryland welcomes the most diverse first-year class in the university’s history this fall, as the students arriving on campus on Aug. 27, 2015, brought with them the strongest academic credentials of a first-year class in more than five years.

Multicultural students make up more than 26 percent of the Class of 2019, an increase of nearly a third compared to last year. All students were selected through an admission process with a heavy emphasis on the level of rigor in their high school curricula and the grades earned in those courses. They boast the highest average SAT score and high school GPA of all four undergraduate classes currently enrolled at Loyola.

"Meeting the newest members of the Loyola community and their families each August is a highlight of every academic year. We are particularly proud to greet this diverse and academically talented Class of 2019," said Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., acting president of Loyola. "The faculty, administrators, staff, and our entire community are looking forward to getting to know these students and watching as they take advantage of the enriching experience and numerous opportunities Loyola's Jesuit, Catholic education offers."

This is the first year every member of the incoming class is enrolled in Messina, Loyola’s living learning program for first-year students that fosters a transformative academic experience by extending learning opportunities from the classroom to residence halls, the community, and beyond. The common text for Messina is Clybourne Park, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Bruce Norris.

New students have the opportunity to make connections and get acclimated to college life at numerous Fall Welcome Weekend events scheduled through Sunday, Aug. 30. Residence halls open for returning students on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Class of 2019 by the numbers:

  • 13,876: total number of applications received (the most ever, up 15% over last five years)
  • 26%: multicultural students (the most ever, up 32% from last year)
  • 92%: students interested in social justice opportunities (up 65% from last year)
  • 16%: students receiving Pell Grants (up 8% from last year)
  • 8%: students who attended Jesuit high schools (up 6.5% from last year)
  • 10%: legacy students (up 8% from last year)
  • 100%: students participating in Messina (first time ever)
  • 14: students from California (most in any class over last five years)
  • 20: students from Florida (most in any class over last five years)
  • 181: students from Maryland
  • 1,040: total students enrolled
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