One of the largest freshman classes in 30 years at La Salle, numbering 918, are among the new students who will began arriving at the University on Thursday, August 25, to start their collegiate careers. In addition to the freshmen entering La Salle (the class of 2015), there are 401 new graduate students, 135 new transfer students, and 250 new students in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, bringing the total of new students to the University to 1,704.
The undergraduate class of 2015 comes from 27 states and six foreign countries. About 80 percent of the freshmen will be living on campus. The top five majors among the incoming freshmen are nursing, biology, communication, psychology and speech-language-hearing science. Biology was the biggest increase among majors from last year, which University officials attribute in part to the renovated and expanded science facility, Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Technology.
Among the incoming freshmen are several Eagle Scouts, a New Jersey life guard who rescued a drowning swimmer this summer, a student who illustrated a children’s book, a high school class president for four years, and the MVP in Philadelphia Catholic League for soccer.
Among the international students coming to La Salle are two sets of brother-sister twins, one pair from England and one pair from Nigeria.
Returning for the third year is the University-wide “Essential Question” that the La Salle community will be addressing. That question is: “Where do communal responsibility and individual responsibility begin and end?” This summer incoming freshmen were assigned a series of readings related to that question and will write essays on their views and beliefs related to the question that are due on August 30. Last year, Alexis Stinger of Pennsauken, N.J, was honored for having the best essay.