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August 12, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Amy Cowles
Class of 2006 Arrives at
Summer's haze will melt into school days Friday, Aug.
30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, when 1,155 Johns Hopkins
University freshmen arrive at the Homewood campus in
Charles Village for Orientation Week in anticipation of the
university's 127th academic year.
The whole event is quite a scene: By 8:30 a.m. each
day, University Parkway and Charles Street will be filled
with a snaking caravan of family cars and SUVs, slowly
making their way to campus. The vehicles will be packed to
the brim with the usual assortment of back-to-school
paraphernalia, yet parents' arms will be free to squeeze in
a few extra goodbye hugs: Approximately 300 upperclassmen
will take the heave-ho out of this rite of passage by
unloading and carrying all the heavy stuff to the froshes'
new home away from home -- the residence halls. Faculty
members will mingle over coffee and doughnuts with parents
who have wisely left the lifting to the kids. Continuing
their tradition, President William R. Brody and his wife,
Wendy, will use either their in-line skates or scooters to
roll through the crowd, meeting and greeting parents and
The rest of Baltimore will have a chance to meet the
class of 2006 when the students venture off campus for
Freshmen Day of Service on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. They will be dispatched to several Charm City
locales to participate in volunteer projects with local
groups such as Habitat for Humanity, the Baltimore Zoo and
the House of Ruth.
About the Class of
They're smart, with an average SAT I score of 1375,
and they come from 47 states and 39 foreign countries. They
are also one of the Homewood campus' biggest classes and
one of its most diverse in terms of academic interests,
ethnicity and gender.
Here are some facts and figures:
(from 8,929 applicants)
(up from 8 percent in 2001 and 9 percent in
|Krieger School of Arts and
|Whiting School of Engineering:
|Top five states, in order:
||New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California,
During Orientation Week
Aug. 31, during the evening in the new O'Connor Recreation
Center: A carnival including games, a moon bounce,
volleyball, basketball, and an academic competition with
apologies to "The Weakest Link."
Sept. 1, at 4 p.m.: Convocation ceremony in Shriver
Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.: Playfair, a high-energy outdoor
game on the lower quad designed to help freshmen meet each
other and alleviate any shyness they might be feeling.
Sept. 1, at 10 p.m.: Casino Night in the Mattin
Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m.: Sexcapades, a presentation in
Shriver Hall of comedic yet informative skits written and
performed by orientation staffers to teach freshmen about
sexual issues such as date-rape and homophobia.
Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m.: Barbecue on the freshmen quad.
Students will attend an Orioles' game following the
Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Freshmen Day of
Service, starting at Shriver Hall.
Sept. 4, at 8 p.m.: The O-Show, a performance in
Shriver Hall by various student arts groups, including a
capella singers and bands.
Thursday, Sept. 5: Classes start!
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