College set to welcome Class of 2015

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Union is set to welcome one of its largest and most


academically gifted classes when members of the Class of 2015 arrive on campus next month.

The 578 first-year students were selected from among 5,151 applicants, the second largest in the College’s history. The students hail from 30 states and 12 countries, giving Union one of its most diverse classes. Twenty percent of the incoming class consists of domestic multicultural students, while 5 percent is international

The students also boast the highest average SAT and ACT scores for any incoming class in Union’s history: 1300 (on a scale of 1600) and 1940 (on a scale of 2400) for the SAT and 29 for the ACT. Union is a test-optional school, though 61 percent of students submitted their scores, the highest in several years.

“The Class of 2015 is a diverse group of students from across the United States and the world, representing the very best young men and women eager to take advantage of our unique approach to a liberal arts education,” said Matt Malatesta, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment.

“We are excited for the students to join our community and confident they will leave their imprint on Union for many years to come.”

The first-year students move into their residence halls Sunday, Sept. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. They will receive an official welcome from College leaders at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. At 3:45 p.m., the students will say goodbye to their families before heading off to their group orientation activities.

At 6:30 p.m., the students pose for their class picture at the Nott Memorial. Orientation activities continue on Monday, with a full slate of programs.

Residence halls open for returning students Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Fall term classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Opening convocation, in which the Union community celebrates the official start of the academic year, is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Memorial Chapel, followed by an all-campus barbecue at 5:30 p.m. on Rugby Field.