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Edinboro University to welcome new students during Thursday’s freshman move-in day

08/19/2013

A steady parade of happy parents in pickup trucks, mini-vans and SUVs will descend on Edinboro University’s residence halls Thursday to help their freshmen and transfer student sons and daughters move into new homes away from home. Nearly 1,600 new students are expected to move into their new college residences ahead of the start of the fall 2013 semester on Monday. 

Returning residential students will move back to campus over the weekend.

EU’s Class of 2017 comes from 54 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, 22 different states and at least five countries that were not already represented on EU’s campus. These new students from Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Russia will push the number of countries represented in the University’s student population to 39.

According to Linda Kightlinger, director of International Student Services, good word of mouth has been key to Edinboro’s success in attracting students from around the world. “Several students have family who have attended or are presently attending the University,” she said. “We have brothers and sisters and cousins of current students or alumni coming from all over to attend Edinboro. It’s a huge endorsement.”

Indeed, one of the two new students from Mongolia, who have the distinction of traveling the farthest to enroll at EU, is the younger sister of an Edinboro alumnus.

A majority of Edinboro’s new students – some 459 and counting – come from Erie County, but Allegheny (177), Crawford (109) and Mercer (51) counties are also well-represented.

They are coming to take advantage of Edinboro’s excellent programs in Applied Media Arts, Nursing, Business Administration and Biology – the top four majors selected by the incoming class. Other popular majors for new students include Criminal Justice, Psychology and Early Childhood & Special Education.

EU’s incoming new class will be the first to reap the benefits of the newly adopted Academic Affairs reorganization that divides the College of Arts & Sciences to create the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science and Health Professions. With this divide comes the hire of two new deans – Dr. Steven Combs (College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) and Dr. Nathan Ritchey (College of Science & Health Professions) – who are excited to work with our new students.

Along with the innovation Drs. Combs and Ritchey will bring to their respective colleges, new students will find excellence in the university’s most recently updated facility, Butterfield Hall. As part of a building expansion begun in 2012, science and math labs, a literacy center and an integrated arts classroom were added, and all classrooms were outfitted with enhanced technological access.

Instead of the typical single-day college move-in for new students, the start of the fall 2013 semester for EU’s freshmen and transfer students will be marked by four days of orientation activities designed to acclimate newcomers to college life in a positive and informative way, combining information sessions with fun events.

Classes for the fall 2013 semester begin Monday, Aug. 26.