The newest members of the CSJ family arrived on campus Thursday when freshmen and transfer students moved into the College’s residence halls.
Residence Life staff helped unpack cars filled with plastic totes, chairs, boxed microwaves and mini-fridges, welcoming the more than 80 incoming students to their new home.
For many of the College’s new students, home is several hundred miles away, if not more.
“We have 13 students coming to CSJ from Florida. We also are welcoming students from Virginia, Texas, Rhode Island, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, and Arizona,” said Ken LaBate, vice president of student recruitment and admissions. “We’ve doubled our international student enrollment, with individuals coming from Turkey, Honduras, and Canada.”
LaBate is excited about the number of Vermont students who have chosen to attend College of St. Joseph this fall.
“Our biggest haul this enrollment cycle is from Vermont,” he said. “Our local market has treated us well.”
LaBate is also proud of the scholarly capabilities of the incoming class.
“This class has the highest combined GPA of any of the most recent incoming classes,” he said.
All first-year students in the Provider Program – which offers full-time residential students more than $65,500 in financial aid over four years – will complete the first four of their 15 required hours of community service for the semester this weekend. To date, students have completed more than 16,000 hours of service since the program began in 2013.
A full slate of orientation activities are planned for the weekend, including a meet and greet with faculty and staff, a diversity workshop, President’s BBQ, and a free concert by soul rapper Devin Ferreira.
The College’s upperclassmen return to campus on Sunday, just in time for classes, which begin Monday.