September 1, 2011
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian University began its 75th anniversary year Tuesday morning, August 30, with a record-breaking freshman class.
The entering class is the largest in history with 473 new freshmen and transfer students expected when classes opened, of which 326 are first-year students. Total undergraduate enrollment of 1,456 students represents an increase of nearly 30 percent from fall 2001 to fall 2011.
“I am delighted to welcome the class of 2015, as they become part of the Marian family, especially as we celebrate our 75th anniversary of providing excellence in higher education,”stated President Steven DiSalvo. “Our faculty and staff are committed to working with each student to assist them in reaching and exceeding their potential.”
Members of the Marian Class of 2015 are from high schools within Wisconsin and beyond, including ten international students from Australia, Canada, Haiti, Slovakia and Thailand.
“Our students participate and engage in volunteer opportunities within the community, as well as service learning as part of classroom studies,” said Stacey Akey, vice president of enrollment management. “In fact, over 65% of new students have identified their major as one of Marian’s service professions, including nursing, education, criminal justice, social work, psychology and other health professions. This is a testament to Marian’s long-standing legacy of service and social justice—two of Marian’s core values.”
“Now is an exciting time for everyone at Marian. There are so many changes happening on campus – both physically and within the heart of Marian,” said Sara Lehnerz, an elementary education major and student mentor from Kewaskum.
Applications are still being accepted for professional, adult and continuing education undergraduate and graduate courses.