Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

Incoming Class Continues College's Strong Enrollment Period

Allentown, PA (August 18, 2004) - Cedar Crest College will welcome 280 new students - freshman and transfers - to its campus as the fall semester kicks off with new student move in and orientation exercises, Thursday, August 19. Students begin arriving on campus around 8:30 a.m. and are expected to continue until around 1 pm. New students will embark on their orientation to the College through Sunday. The College will officially observe the opening of the academic year in Convocation exercises on Sunday, August 22 at 4 p.m.

Coming from 18 different states, the Class of 2008, represents one of the largest classes in the college's history. It continues a strong enrollment period at the College, which also included record breaking enrollments last year. The College continues to see strong interest in the sciences and nursing - with 67% of the new class indicating the sciences - with programs ranging from biology to forensic - as their field of choice. The nursing program alone has seen a 35% increase in enrollment among traditional students since last fall.

The College continues to select an impressive group of young women who have demonstrated not only academic achievement, but also extraordinary individual accomplishments. "Our incoming students represent an array of diverse interests including creative writing, the arts and athletics. But they have also shown themselves to be actively interested in the well-being of their communities with nearly 50% having done community service before coming to Cedar Crest," says Judy Neyhart, executive vice president of enrollment.

Other facts about the incoming class:
v 11% are non-white/minority students
v 11 different religions are represented within the class
v 80% of the class will live on-campus

The campus community will kick off the new academic year with orientation programs for the new students as they begin a week of workshops and activities designed to help them make the connection to the College community. Themed as "The Road Trip of a Lifetime," the new students' first destination will be the residence halls as they move in. Other activities during orientation will offer new students a chance to learn about all aspects of college life living with a roommate to the variety of clubs and activities available to them at Cedar Crest.

As in the past, new students will take part in a day of community service to organizations in the greater Lehigh Valley. (Please see separate release "Cedar Crest's New Students Lend a Hand in the Lehigh Valley")

This is the perfect media opportunity to feature students as they move into residence halls and launch the academic year at college campuses around the Lehigh Valley. Media are invited to campus on Thursday, August 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to interview and photograph incoming students, parents and members of the College community. To ensure the best opportunities and easiest access, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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