Ceremony, tradition mark first-year students’ arrival on campus
Diversity, community service, scholarship and leadership are the hallmarks of the 429 first-year students who, in keeping with a decades-old tradition, each rang the Old Main bell to signal that they are officially members of the learning community.
Here are Five Freshmen Facts that help paint a picture of the class:
- Three-fourths performed community service beyond their high school’s requirement and half held leadership roles during their high school years.
- 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college and more than a fourth are students of color.
- 38 percent come from 24 states outside Maryland, from Washington state to California to Florida and Maine.
- One-third played varsity athletics, and one fourth were team captains.
- They hail from six countries: Bahamas, China, Ecuador, Germany, Korea and Vietnam.
Here’s a look at their first day on the Hill: