The Ursinus Class of 2016 is engaged, active and passionate, with students listing community service more than any other pre-college activity.
The incoming group of about 460 freshmen is also a group of leaders with many interests. It includes 129 National Honor Society members and 119 athletic team captains, plus editors, class officers, band and choir members, orchestra musicians, dancers, artists, EMTs, actors and tutors. Community service was noted by 195 members of the class.
Many students will bring special talents, such as an accordion player, an organic gardener, a state champion alpine skier, a competitive ballroom dancer, a national equestrian champion and cake decorator, among others.
One student, James Coble, recently was the subject of a New York Daily News feature on giving back to the hospital which saved his life after a childhood stroke. The young violinist chose Ursinus for its reputation in the sciences, with an interest in how music affects the brain, according to the newspaper.
The Class of 2016 joins us for June 4 and 5 orientation. The June orientation, which is in addition to an August orientation, helps ease the transition to college in the fall and gives students and faculty a head start on course selection and academic advising.
Incoming students will meet their advisors, many of their classmates and could possibly meet a roommate. Parents will learn about the first year from Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Debbie Nolan, Ursinus President Bobby Fong,Interim Dean Annette Lucas, and other senior staff who will talk about career choices, financial services, and health and wellness. Parents can also hear from a panel of Ursinus parents and student ambassadors.
Want to preview dorm life? A sample residence hall room will be open from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. in Beardwood 116. A Resident Advisor will answer questions.
The packed orientation schedule also offers concurrent discussions of the Common Intellectual Experience, Disability Services and Campus Sustainability Initiatives, and provides time for open houses in several offices.