McDaniel welcomes Class of 2017 in traditional style
The morning of Aug. 21 brought with it a fleet of vehicles filled to the brim with members of the Class of 2017 and their belongings. Thus, this 463-member class, among one of the largest incoming classes in McDaniel history, began their five-day orientation to get to know the campus, community and each other before the start of classes on Aug. 26.
The Class of 2017 was selected from the largest applicant pool ever – 3,578 prospective students. The class hails from 25 states, including Maryland and the District of Columbia, and 13 countries. First-generation college students account for 34 percent of the class, and 25 percent identify as students of color.
As these first-year students arrived at their new residences in Daniel MacLea Hall or the newly co-ed Whiteford or Rouzer halls, they were met with their first McDaniel tradition: the move-in crew. Made up of professors, current students, staff and President Roger N. Casey, the move-in crew volunteers unloaded hundreds of boxes of bedding, clothes and school supplies, making the move-in process an efficient one.
First-year students moving into the dorms today include:
- two sets of twins
- 10 military veterans attending as transfer students
- nine Matthews, seven Davids, seven Erics, and seven James
- eight Katherines, seven Amandas, seven Breannas, and seven Kaitlins
- two Eric McIntyres
- Great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Hamilton Lewis, second College president, and great-great-great-granddaughter of first president, J.T. Ward, who was the father of Mary Ward Lewis, wife of Thomas Hamilton Lewis
Here’s more about the Class of 2017:
- 86 percent with a high school GPA higher than 3.0
- 73 percent involved in high school athletics and 23 percent were varsity team captains
- 55 percent involved in community service
- 37 percent actors and musicians
- 26 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class
- 12 percent involved in student government
- 9 percent are relatives of alumni