Second Largest Class in College History Moves In

August 24, 2018

By Laura Lemire

It couldn’t have been a more-picture perfect day on the Hilltop as the newest class of Anselmians moved onto campus to begin their Saint Anselm College careers yesterday. The class of 2022 is the second largest class in the college’s 129-year history—with 600 first-year students, they’re making total college enrollment likely to exceed 2,000 degree-seeking students for the first time ever.

“Our admission, financial aid, and marketing teams with the help of our wonderful college community, worked diligently to recruit, select, and yield this class, and we are very pleased with the outcome,” said Eric Nichols, vice president of enrollment and dean of admission. “This is the second largest class in College history and it speaks volumes that the demand for our educational experience continues to grow. I’m excited to have them all join our community today.”

Move in Day 2018

As packed cars and trucks pulled up to the residence halls, many parents were surprised and relieved to find orientation leaders, resident assistants, student-athletes, and college administrators and staff members not only cheering, but standing at the ready to help unload and move the first-years into their new home.

Ed Krause of Melrose, Mass., helped his daughter Anna move into her room in Joan of Arc Hall. “This is top-notch,” he said. “It’s so organized here and welcoming.”

Throughout the morning hours, students unpacked, settling into their new rooms in Joan of Arc, Dominic Hall, the Alumni Hall Streets, Saint Mary Hall, and Baroody Hall. The afternoon was spent buying books, picking up mailbox keys, grabbing lunch at Davison, and finalizing any last-minute paperwork. More than 100 students stopped by the Alumni Family Welcome to participate in the alumni “family” photo. This year’s first-year class includes 134 legacy students who have a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle who also attended Saint Anselm.

At 2 p.m., Mass was celebrated by Father Stephen Lawson, O.S.B., in the Abbey Church; Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B. gave the homily. New students and families were then officially welcomed on the Quad in front of Alumni Hall. Senior Abigail Reynolds, orientation leader chair and marketing major advised students to get involved and take advantage of their time on the Hilltop.

“Within four short years, Saint Anselm goes from being your college to your home,” said Reynolds. “Do not take any moment for granted, learn to laugh at yourself and make your time here count.”

Finally, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, Saint Anselm College president, encouraged first-year students to embrace the community, its values, and traditions as they begin their Anselmian journeys.

He then closed the welcoming event by asking parents to say their goodbyes, officially marking the beginning of new student orientation and a weekend full of bonding activities with orientation leaders and classmates.

The Class of 2022
The official inception of the class of 2022 brought 600 first-year and 18 transfer students to campus; 97% of students will live on campus.

As measured by high school grade point average (GPA), this is the second strongest academic incoming class on record, with an average high school GPA of 3.28. The most popular majors for the class include: nursing, business, politics, biology, criminal justice, psychology, education studies, marketing, forensic science, and history.

Students hail from 24 states and four foreign countries. Several new students may become familiar with one another in the airport as they travel to and from California over the next four years; others will make their way north from Florida to experience life as an Anselmian. International students beginning their Saint Anselm experience come from the Czech Republic, Honduras, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Included in this year’s class is a national freestyle skier, a sprint car racer, a yoga instructor, a member of a rock band who opened for the Dropkick Murphys, and a certified dog therapy handler. One member of the class of 2022 raised almost $40,000 for the Massachusetts Special Olympics, while another earned a pilot’s license, and yet another has started her own business.

Among the many talents that they bring to Saint Anselm College, 142 students will participate as student-athletes at the varsity level.

The class of 2022 will spend the next few days participating in Orientation Part II. Classes begin for all students on Monday, August 27.

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