FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University opened the academic year Tuesday, August 31, welcoming the Class of 2014 to campus.
The entering class is the largest in Marian history with a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,473. Approximately 476 new traditional and transfer students are expected when classes open, with 319 being first-year freshman students.
"Marian continues to exceed all expectations by offering an affordable and quality education," stated President Steven DiSalvo. "Our faculty and staff work with each of our students to assist them in reaching their highest potential of success and in return, we are a stronger academic community."
The large number of new first-time, full-time students arriving on the Marian campus this fall continues a trend of increased
enrollment at the University. The total undergraduate enrollment has more than doubled at Marian in the past decade, and those students - many of whom are the first from their family to attend college - are excelling in the classroom as well.
"This year we have seen increased student interest in Marian's service professions. In fact, over 65% of new students have
identified their major within fields such as nursing, education, criminal justice, social work, radiologic technology, psychology and other health profession majors," states Stacey Akey, vice president of enrollment management. "This is clearly a testament to Marian's long-standing legacy of service and social justice - two of our core values."
New students moved in on Friday, August 26 and participated in an Opening Pinning Ceremony in which they are given a Marian University pin by President DiSalvo and then proceed through the "arch of knowledge," officially welcoming them to the academic community. Other orientation events included a keynote address by national speaker, Michael Miller and community service projects at various locations throughout Fond du Lac.
First-year students Katie Posselt from Larsen, Wis, Maria Hernandez from Chicago, IL, and Tasha Holst from Kenosha, Wis, reflected upon their first few days of orientation. "I'm in shock as I came from a large high school and the people at Marian are very nice and the campus has a welcoming and close knit community," stated Holst, a nursing major.
What impresses Katie Posselt most is the numerous resources available on a small campus. "There's always someone there to help you and the availability of tutors and resources in the learning centers will help me through my classes."
Maria Hernandez summed it up this way, "Thus far, I believe that Marian is the right choice for me. Everyone has been really helpful and friendly. The staff, faculty and fellow classmates have welcomed me with open arms."
Applications are still being accepted for professional, adult and continuing education undergraduate and graduate courses through the Marian Adult Accelerated Program and the School of Education.