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MEDIA ALERT

PHOTO/VIDEO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

CEDAR CREST WELCOMES LARGEST INCOMING CLASS IN HISTORY ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 

Allentown, PA (August 22, 2006) – Cedar Crest College will welcome its largest ever incoming class with more than 300 new students – freshmen and transfers – to its campus as the fall semester kicks off with new student move-in and orientation exercises, Thursday, August 24. Students begin arriving on campus around 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 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Coming from 20 different states, the Class of 2010 continues a period of enrollment growth at the College, which also included record-breaking enrollments in the last few years. The College continues to see strong interest in the sciences – with forensic science, biology, genetic engineering and pre-medicine as top-indicated programs – and nursing, as well as dance, education and psychology.

The College continues to select an impressive group of young women who have demonstrated academic achievement and extraordinary individual accomplishments.  “Nearly 30 percent of our incoming students were in the top 10 percent of their class and more than 55 percent were in the top 25 percent of their class," says Judy Neyhart, executive vice president for enrollment. “Students continue to be attracted to Cedar Crest because they are able to pursue all their passions by combining areas of academic interests — like dance and genetic engineering or psychology and art. At Cedar Crest, even these new students realize that even though they may want to pursue a career as a scientist, a nurse or an educator, they don’t have to abandon their other academic pursuits. As a result the Cedar Crest student is very well-rounded academically and is able to contribute a lot to the campus community and beyond.”

Other facts about the incoming class:

  1. 13 percent are non-white/minority students

  2. 10 different religions are represented within the class

  3. 40 percent of students are from outside Pennsylvania

  4. 82 percent 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.  This year's orientation aims to offer the new students a "Passport to Excellence" at Cedar Crest, and their 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 from living with a roommate to the variety of clubs and activities available at the College.

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 24th 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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