For the second year in a row, CUA welcomed its largest-ever freshman class, with 866 freshmen enrolled — a 1.1 percent increase over last year.
“The number of freshmen who have applied to Catholic University has increased by more than 80 percent in three years, making the gaining of admission to CUA more competitive,” says W. Michael Hendricks, vice president for enrollment management. “A larger proportion of our entering freshman class is ranked in the top 10 percent and top 25 percent of their graduating high school class compared to past years.”
The university’s total enrollment has grown by more than 200 students, mostly due to an increase in undergraduate students. The enrollment totals 6,440, divided into 3,326 undergraduates and 3,114 graduate students.
To help freshmen transition to college life, form friendships and become involved in the campus community, the Office of the Dean of Students spearheaded the organization of an extended orientation program that lasted for the first six weeks of classes. It included activities such as musical performances in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center; Friday night activities sponsored by the Campus Ministry student residence called The House; Freshman Service Day sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry; trips to go kayaking, biking and rock climbing led by the staff of CUA’s Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center; and a trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. In addition, an Orientation Expedition gave freshmen an opportunity to compete for a cash prize by visiting a number of offices on campus in a scavenger-hunt style and talking to staff members — the purpose was to encourage students to learn more about the roles these employees fill on campus.
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