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University Communications

August 26, 2009

La Salle University Welcomes More Than
1,800 New Students to Campus

The largest freshman class in 29 years are among the 1,810 new students who will begin arriving at La Salle University on Thursday, August 27, to start their collegiate careers.

In addition to 950 freshman entering La Salle (the class of 2013), there are 438 new graduate students, 290 new transfer students, and 132 new students in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

The total freshmen class is 12.5 percent larger than last year’s class.  About 86 percent of the freshmen will be living on campus.

The class of 2013 is 57 percent female and 43 percent male. Students come from 24 states (including Pennsylvania) and 12 foreign countries.

It is a class that will see some changes to the La Salle campus since they were there in June and July for orientation:

The expansion and renovation of Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology, is complete.

Also, a 50,000-square foot Fresh Grocer Supermarket has opened in The Shoppes at La Salle. It is the first supermarket in the area in 40 years. It joins a Dunkin’ Donuts, an America’s Best Eyewear, a T-Mobile store, GameStop, a Rite Aid, and Beneficial Bank.

In July, the University learned that, for the third year in a row, The Corporation for National and Community Service honored La Salle University with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.

Also new is the implementation of the University-wide “essential question” that the La Salle community will be addressing during the next two years.  That question centers around economic justice:  As members of a Lasallian community, what is our moral obligation to promote economic justice in our city, in our country, and in the global community to which we are inevitably tied? 

Another new initiative is “A Celebration of Science, Mathematics and Technology at La Salle,” geared towards the entire campus. The “celebration” will feature guest speakers and lectures, and will highlight the role of science, mathematics and technology in society, and create connections between these and other disciplines across the campus.

The University is launching the Philadelphia Center on campus, which will make use of the La Salle’s urban location to promote student learning. The center will support faculty efforts to use the city and region as an instructional resource.

-- Jon Caroulis