A caravan of minivans and SUVs stuffed with bedding, computers, iPods, TVs and other “necessities” of college life will roll into Charles Village on Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2, as The Johns Hopkins University welcomes the 1,217-member class of 2010 to the Homewood campus.
Greeting the enthusiastic newcomers at the kickoff of the university’s 131st academic year will be President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, who will be rolling into the new school year, too – this time, on bicycles. Move-in is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The largest incoming class that Homewood has ever seen, the Class of 2010 was selected from a record-breaking applicant-pool. The 13,863 students who applied represent an increase of 52 percent since 2001, the “largest gain of any of our peer institutions,” said John Latting, director of undergraduate admissions. Only 27 percent of the applicants were admitted, making it one of the most competitive years ever.
If getting in was tough, getting settled on campus will be somewhat easier. New students will be greeted by a brigade of upperclassmen who will be on hand to hoist belongings from vehicles and carry them into the students’ new homes-away-from-home: the residence halls.
This will allow students and their parents to mix and mingle over coffee and doughnuts with other families, new students and Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, who will be answering the inevitable barrages of questions that go hand-in-hand with such a new experience. Among the greeters will be Bill and Wendy Brody, darting from residence hall to residence hall on their bikes. [In previous years, they've zipped across campus greeting new students on in-line skates, scooters and even Segway transporters.]
Some facts and figures on the Class of 2010 (as of July 31, 2006)
Total freshman enrollment: 1,219
Number of freshman applicants: 13,863
Number of freshmen admitted: 3,698
Male: 52 percent
Female: 48 percent
International students: 73
Underrepresented minority students: 173
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 63 percent
Whiting School of Engineering: 37 percent
Early Decision: 465 students
Top five states, in order: New Jersey, New York, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania
Median SAT I combined score: 1390
Median high school class rank: 95th percentile
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