June 23, 2015
Communications and Marketing
On June 17, 18, and 19, hundreds of members of the class of 2019 and their parents came to the Saint Anselm campus to participate in Orientation Part I: Students and Parents: Planning Your Journey.
During the half-day program, students met classmates and orientation leaders, established first semester class schedules, and received their e-mail addresses and campus mailboxes. Over 30 current students returned to campus to serve as Orientation Leaders and guide incoming freshman through the day.
The morning began with a welcome from several members of the Saint Anselm community, including college President Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo. "We are thrilled that you have chosen to be part of this community," he said. "I think what you'll experience today as a first step is a sign of our Anselmian hospitality."
Assistant Director of Admission Ashley Gisiger '11 provided a few fun facts for the incoming class. The class of 2019 is comprised of 544 first-year students representing 21 states and 2 countries. The average high school G.P.A. was 3.27. The ten most popular majors are undeclared, nursing, business, biology, criminal justice, politics, psychology, education, communication, and history. Emily is the most common female name among students, and Brendan and Connor tied for first among males.
Parents and students then separated and attended various sessions designed to prepare them for the fall. Parents were reminded that college would be a transition for them as well. During orientation, they had opportunities to learn more about what to expect, and as well as to gain knowledge about Anselmian culture, how to best support their children, and how to help their children be their own advocates.
Students received advice from fellow students, faculty, and staff, including recommendations to treat school as a full-time job, get involved in campus activities from the beginning, use the support systems available, and never be afraid to ask for help.
Students had many chances to ask questions throughout the day, with topics ranging from meal plan recommendations to how extracurricular activities fit into rigorous academic schedules. They also had opportunities to share what they were looking forward to and what they were nervous about during their first few weeks at college. Many students expressed both excitement and hesitation about meeting new people, being away from home, and gaining independence.
Orientation Part II: Beginning Your Journey begins with Move In Day on Thursday, August 27, and continues through Saturday, August 29.
Story by Katelyn Ellison, photos by Cory True '09