THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION
901 S. Bond St., Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231August 23, 2011
TO: Reporters, Editors, Assignment Desks
FROM: Amy Lunday / 443-287-9960 / firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: Class of 2015 arrives at Johns Hopkins Aug. 24 and 25
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore
Members of the media are invited to visit Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus Aug. 24 and 25 when the freshmen class moves into the residence halls. Move-in offers photographers, camera crews and reporters the chance to capture scenes from an annual rite of passage, when parents hug their children goodbye and young adults begin their lives as undergraduates at one of the nation’s top universities.
Volunteers will be on hand to greet the 1,287 freshmen and help them check into student housing days before the fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 29, which also marks the start of the university’s 136th academic year. As the newcomers arrive in a winding caravan of vehicles, a contingent of upperclassmen will transfer wagonloads of the necessities of college life from the cars to the students’ new homes. While the freshmen settle in, parents will be treated to refreshments and a have a chance to meet faculty, staff and students, as well as their fellow freshmen parents.
Some facts and figures about the class of 2015 (as of Aug. 19):
Total freshman enrollment: 1,287
Number of freshman applicants: 19,391
Number of freshmen admitted: 3,573
Male: 52 percent
Female: 48 percent
Underrepresented minority students: 231
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 64 percent
Whiting School of Engineering: 36 percent
Early decision: 503
Top five states, in order: New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Mean SAT I combined score: 1404
Mean unweighted academic GPA: 3.74
Among the class of 2015 are 14 Baltimore Scholars, graduates of Baltimore City public schools accepted into the university’s undergraduate programs who receive full-tuition scholarships.
The following are some events of note during the first weeks of the school year. In addition to move-in itself, these events will present good visual opportunities for the media:
Sunday, Aug. 28, 7 to 10 p.m. Beginning at the Freshmen Quad.
Banner Walk and New Student Convocation. The class of 2015 will take part in a Johns Hopkins tradition: At 7 p.m., the class of 2014 will carry its class banner across the campus to a tent on the Decker Quad, where the new students will be formally welcomed to Johns Hopkins.
Monday, Aug. 29, 10 p.m. to midnight. Breezeway and Wyman Quad (informally known as the lower quad)
First Night Party. The classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 formally welcome the incoming class of 2015 with a brief induction ceremony followed by a celebration.
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