Contact: Michael Traupman, Executive Director of College Relations, 610-740-3790
Karen Passino, Student Intern



Allentown, PA (August 20, 2008) - Cedar Crest College will welcome 260 new students - freshmen and transfers - to campus as the fall semester kicks off with new student move in and orientation exercises, Thursday, August 21. Students begin arriving on campus at 8:30 a.m. and are expected to continue until 1:00 p.m. 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 24 at 4:00 p.m.

The College has seen a record number of applications for the class of 2012, with students coming from 21 different states. Cedar Crest continues to see a strong interest in the sciences - with forensic science, nursing and genetic engineering as top-indicated programs - as well as education and psychology.

The College continues to select an impressive group of young women who have demonstrated academic achievement and extraordinary individual accomplishments. "More than 60% of the incoming students were in the top 25% of their high school class," says Judy Neyhart, Executive Vice President for Enrollment. "Students continue to be attracted to Cedar Crest because they can pursue all of their passions by combining academic areas of interest. For example, a genetic engineering student can be a dancer; a psychology major can have a lead role in a theater production. At Cedar Crest, our students realize the opportunities that a liberal arts college for women provides and students who attend take full advantage of these opportunities."

Other facts about the incoming class:
• 18 percent are non-white/minority students
• Nearly 50 percent of students are from outside Pennsylvania
• 85 percent of the class will live on-campus
• The applicant pool applied to 658 different colleges
• 6 incoming students have sisters who currently attend Cedar Crest

The campus community will kick off the new academic year with orientation programs for the new students including workshops and activities designed to help them make the connection to the College community. This year's program aims toward bettering the environment through “College Orientation: It is Really Easy to be Green” where the focus is mainly on how it is “easy” to be new-and green. Other activities during orientation will offer new students a chance to work with faculty and staff and prepare for the rigors of academic work and learn about co-curricular activities and leadership opportunities to enhance their Cedar Crest experience. While trying to become a more sustainable campus, Cedar Crest will be infusing the theme throughout orientation as well as the school year. Some of the efforts include “Green Tips” that will be posted around campus, a first year Green Idea contest will be hosted, less paper will be used for orientation packets and gifts given at the Open Door Ceremony will also be green.

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”)

Orientation provides 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 21st 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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