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Loyola welcomes Class of 2023

| By Stephanie Weaver
Class of 2023 move-in day

Loyola University Maryland greeted the Class of 2023 as they arrived on campus on Aug. 29, 2019.

At the New Student Convocation today, parents, faculty, and other members of the campus community celebrated the Class of 2023.

When Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., addressed the students, the president of Loyola told them their four years at Loyola would be a unique experience with the gift of time and freedom. He urged them to use these gifts wisely.

This year’s common text for Messina is Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. A New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, Heartland is a memoir of working-class poverty in America. Smarsh recounts her experiences with family, education, and the violence that defined many of the relationships she witnessed between men and women while growing up in Kansas. Loyola faculty members, administrators, and students chose this book largely because of the powerful questions it raises about the fundamental assumptions and underlying logic of American society.

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. 2, 2019.

Fun facts about the Class of 2023:

  • Six new Greyhounds share a birthday with Loyola’s president, the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., on August 25. Three students share a birthday with our patron saint and namesake, St. Ignatius Loyola, on October 23.
  • 124 students come from a long line of proud Loyola alumni (meaning at least one parent and/or grandparent is a graduate).
  • The most popular names among incoming students are Matthew, Emily, Michael, Nicholas, Ryan, John, Caroline, and Anna.
  • The longest journey by a first-year student to the Evergreen campus worldwide is 7,100+ miles—from Pakistan. One new student claims the record for the longest trip within the United States to join the Class of 2023, traveling nearly 5,000 miles to Baltimore from Hawaii.
  • The states represented by the most new students (in descending order) are Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Rhode Island.
  • There are five sets of twins in the Class of 2023.

Class of 2023 by the numbers:

  • 3.62 average GPA
  • 19% first-generation college students
  • 28% students of color
  • Students represent 33 different states and 5 different countries
  • 238 students from Maryland
  • 1,089 total students enrolled

 

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