August 29, 2014
Communications and Marketing
The Class of 2018 arrived on campus Friday morning, bringing fans, blenders, refrigerators, Pop-Tarts, pillows, and stuffed animals. Luckily, they had plenty of help from parents, siblings, friends, orientation leaders, resident assistants, and athletic teams.
Video: Move In Day 2014
"She's got more stuffed animals than Disneyworld, and she brought a few of them," said Barry Ashton, of Rockland, Mass., of his daughter, Emily, who will major in nursing.
He is impressed with the help his family received at Joan of Arc Hall. "It's very well planned and efficient. When we drove up, the doors suddenly flew open and everything was gone!"
Andrea Brandeis, mom of politics major Sam, said it was "a great launch."
"I'm grateful to be able to launch an independent, confident, college-ready young adult. It's exciting and it's a huge blessing. Have I cried? Yes-there's joy and sadness at the same time."
The 529 new students bring the total student population to 1,923.
Besides getting their rooms organized (or at least filled), the new Anselmians took care of tasks such as picking up mailbox keys, buying books, and opening banking accounts. They met advisors and administrators and attempted to map out their first year of college.
After a 3 p.m. Mass, new students and their families were welcomed officially by Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of the college.
"Your class holds a special distinction as you enter during the 125th anniversary year of Saint Anselm College," he said. "Abbot Hilary, the college's first president, welcomed students in front of this very building, Alumni Hall, a building constructed twice because it had been destroyed by fire."
The perseverance and persistence of the first monastic community is a model for today's students as they begin their academic journeys, according to the president. Today, he noted, they "become one family, one class, with one mission: to earn a degree at Saint Anselm College by fulfilling all the necessary requirements, and graduate...ON TIME!"
He urged the students to be active participants in their collegiate experience; make new friends, celebrate family, and strengthen their faith. "No matter what your religious denomination may be, find a way to strengthen your own spirituality."
"Today I congratulate you on your arrival," he said. "You now have 48 months to figure out what is next!"
Class of 2018 At-a-Glance
- 58% women, 42% men
- 79% from out-of-state
- 24 states represented
- Average GPA: 3.24
- 23% invited to join honors program
- Top 5 Majors: Nursing, Business, Biology, Criminal Justice, Psychology