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Off to a great start

President Phipps talks with honors students from the Class of 2014If campus seems just a smidge busier this year, it’s for a good reason—Messiah exceeded all of its enrollment goals for the 2010-11 academic year!

The Class of 2014 is comprised of a total of 727 first-year students. In addition, 123 transfer and returning students joined the Messiah community. That means the College’s undergraduate enrollment is 2,826.

Add in the three graduate programs—masters degrees in counseling, conducting, and art education—and Messiah College’s total enrollment tops off at 2,958 students!

Messiah’s student body also got richer in diversity as international students and students from underrepresented ethnic and cultural populations now comprise more than 13% of Messiah’s enrollment.

When the Class of 2014—consisting of students from across the country and around the world—moved to campus last week, they already shared some things in common, according to the annual Beloit College Mindset List, a summary of touchstone moments in each generation’s growing up experience.

  • “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.
  • Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
  • Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patti the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.
  • Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
  • Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
  • Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
  • Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.

Of course, the Class of 2014 isn’t only defined by a few cultural generalizations.

At Messiah, the Class of 2014 is smart too! Of the 727 new first-year students, 118 are enrolled in the College Honors Program.

It promises to be an exciting year at Messiah College!

Watch this video of some Welcome Week events and activities.

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Thanks to Kelsy Myers `11, Abigail Long `11, and Scott Markley `12 for providing photography and video.

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