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2012 News Releases
Longwood welcomes third-largest freshman class ever
August 17, 2012
Longwood University welcomed the third-largest freshman class in its history when new students moved in Aug. 16 for the 2012 academic year. [View the photos on Facebook]
Some 1,044 freshmen and 215 transfers-the largest transfer class in 20 years-were scheduled to arrive. Last fall, 174 transfers and 1,074 freshmen, the largest freshman class ever, were expected for move-in day. The combined number of new students (1,259) is more than last year (1,248).
"While we were hoping to enroll a few more freshmen, I am pleased with the combined number of freshmen and transfers," said Sallie McMullin, dean of admissions. "We'll be able to serve them well and maintain our low student-to-faculty ratio."
The SAT mid-range of the enrolling freshmen is 960-1100. The GPA mid-range is 3.06-3.62. "Both figures are consistent with the last several years," McMullin said.
About 31 percent of the freshmen come from the Northern Virginia area. Richmond- and Hampton Roads-area students each represent 21 percent of the class.
"I am confident that these new students will thrive as they become immersed in Longwood's culture of academic excellence and student engagement," said McMullin. "Their Longwood experience will serve as a catalyst to their success as students, employees and citizen leaders."
The number of new international students has grown from six to 13-the largest-ever freshman class of international students-and 14 international students are returning this fall. All are degree-seeking students.
The new international students are from countries including Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, England and Switzerland.
Longwood's English as a Second Language (ESL) program began in January 2012 but already has grown to an expected enrollment of at least 18. "We anticipate enrolling two-thirds of these students," said Patti Trent, director of international admissions. One of the new international students this fall first participated in Longwood's ESL program.
"We have gone from a handful of international applications to more than 50 applications for the 2012-13 academic year," said Trent. "This is the result, in part, of our recruitment efforts last fall."
In addition to international students seeking degrees at Longwood, several others are on campus as part of academic exchanges. These include six from Anhui University of Technology in China, which has sent primarily business students to Longwood since 2004, and three each from Oldenburg University in Germany and the University of Nantes in France, both of which are new Longwood partners, said Dr. Robert Frank, director of international affairs.
Several student organizations help with the move-in process, including the Movers & Shakers, the Peer Mentors, resident assistants, desk aides and supervisors in residence halls, as well as residence education coordinators. Also during move-in, tents staffed by faculty and staff volunteers provide hospitality to students and families. Classes for the fall semester begin Monday, Aug. 20.