They will come by plane, train, and, of course, automobile. And they will come in the early morning hours filled with enthusiasm and anticipation of starting their college journeys. These first-year students, numbering just over 500, will make their way to the USciences campus on Friday, August 24 with their families and friends in tow to start Welcome Weekend activities.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the always frenetic move in. An army of upperclass students and those from USciences organizations called the Arrival Survival Team will descend on the parking lot to help the new students and their families unpack their cars and trucks and settle into residence halls.
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At 2 p.m., all are invited to the annual convocation ceremony in the Athletic/Recreation Center where President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee and other University representatives will officially welcome the students and their families to the USciences community. As part of the ceremony, 6ABC Meteorologist Adam Joseph, an avid health advocate, will speak to the assembly as part of the University’s Healthy Campus Initiative. To learn more about Welcome Weekend activities, visit usciences.edu/welcomeweek.
This year’s class is in keeping with recent incoming classes in that approximately 60 percent of the student body is female. Drawn from 21 states and two foreign countries, there are 202 students who hail from Pennsylvania and another 246 from other Mid-Atlantic states. Academically, the class averaged 564 on their Critical Reasoning and 575 in Writing SATs, slightly higher than past years. The mean score of 606 in Math, is on par with previous years. The composite of all three scores averages to 1745, as compared to the national average of college bound seniors of 1468 and a national average of 1630 for those students who intend to major in biology and science. USciences students continue to rank in 75th percentile of all college-bound senior test takers. PCP represents the largest component of the incoming class with 282 students, while Samson College saw the largest increase going from 77 students in 2011 to 105 this year.
No sooner will students spend the weekend getting acclimated to college life, meeting with advisors, and touring Philadelphia, than reality will set in: classes begin on Monday, August 27. Good luck!