Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
The newest flock of Blue Jays will start building its nest on the Homewood campus when the class of 2011 moves in Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1. Move-in is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Tradition dictates that the 1,212 freshmen will start their move-in weekend with a warm welcome from President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy: As the caravan of family cars and SUVs winds its way onto campus toward the students' ultimate destination — the residence halls — the Brodys will ride alongside on their folding bikes, greeting the newcomers.
The red-carpet welcome continues when a contingent of helpful upperclassmen whisks the necessities of college life from the car to the students' new homes. While the freshmen settle in, parents are treated to refreshments and a have a chance to meet faculty, staff and students, as well as their fellow freshmen parents.
The parents will have a lot to crow about over coffee and doughnuts: The class of 2011 was chosen from a record-breaking applicant pool of 14,851 freshman applicants, an increase of 7 percent over the total for 2006 and 30 percent over the total for 2005. Only 24 percent of this year's applicants were admitted; two years ago, that rate was 35 percent. The numbers show that the university has simultaneously become more popular and more selective over the course of the past decade: By contrast, in 1998, 8,540 students applied and 42 percent were admitted.
Some facts and figures about the class of 2011 (as of July 18, 2007):
Reporters are welcome to visit the Homewood campus for this annual rite-of-passage. To arrange your visit, contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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