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Class of 2013 Arrives at Johns Hopkins Aug. 28 and 29

August 24, 2009
(443) 287-9960

The Johns Hopkins University will gear up for its 134th  academic year by welcoming the class of 2013 to the Homewood campus on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. Move-in is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Members of the media are welcome to come to campus, located at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, to cover this annual rite of passage. To arrange your visit, contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or acl@jhu.edu.

Volunteers will be on hand to greet the 1,350 freshmen and help them check into student housing. As the newcomers arrive in a winding caravan of family 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 2013:

  • Johns Hopkins officials, like colleagues at many other elite private colleges and universities across the nation, expected a lower than normal yield (the percentage of accepted students who enroll) because of the economy. A recent survey by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities reported that a third of U.S. private colleges expected freshman enrollment to decline more than 5 percent in the 2009–2010 school year. But in the face of overwhelming economic uncertainty, it seems the university may have underestimated its appeal: enrollment is up by 115 students compared with fall 2008. This larger-than-projected undergraduate class of 2013 has prompted university officials to respond in a variety of ways to meet student needs, from creating additional housing to adding new sections of many popular gateway courses, such as Introductory Chemistry I and Calculus I.
  • Total freshman enrollment:  1,350
  • Number of freshman applicants:  16,124
  • Number of freshmen admitted:  4,317
  • Male:  53 percent
  • Female:  47 percent
  • Underrepresented minority students:  175
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences:  65 percent
  • Whiting School of Engineering:  35 percent
  • Early decision:  504
  • Top five states, in order:  New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania
  • Mean SAT I combined score:  1395
  • Mean unweighted academic GPA:  3.68
  • Among the class of 2013 are 14 Baltimore Scholars, graduates of Baltimore City public schools accepted into the university’s undergraduate programs who receive full-tuition scholarships. From the neighborhoods of Tuscany/Canterbury, Wyman Park, Homeland, Guilford, Hamilton, Rosemont, North Harford, Fairmont, Lauraville, Mt. Washington, Walterson, Locust Point, and Loch Raven, 43 percent of the new Baltimore Scholars the students are from underrepresented minorities.

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:

New Student Convocation, Sunday, Aug. 30, 7 to 9 p.m. Decker Quadrangle.
President Ronald J. Daniels and the Homewood deans will address the Class of 2013 at this traditional academic welcome to the university. Starting at 6:15 p.m., the freshmen will meet outside the residence halls to process as a group carrying their class banner to convocation.

First Night celebration, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 10 p.m. to midnight. Wyman Quadrangle.
The classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 will formally welcome the incoming class of 2013 with a brief, candlelight induction ceremony followed by a fun-filled, campus-wide
nighttime celebration.

Welcome to My City, Thursday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glass Pavilion and Levering Courtyard.
The Baltimore Scholars and the Senior Leadership Consultants are hosting a fair to introduce new students to the city with the help of representatives from several community organizations.

President’s Day of Service, Saturday, Sept. 12, 1 to 5 p.m.
President Daniels is asking the entire Homewood community to “Be The Change” for Baltimore during his inauguration weekend’s President’s Day of Service. Students, faculty and staff will be painting elementary school classrooms, clearing trash from streams, and gleaning produce for the hungry and homeless from nearby farms.

Among the members of the class of 2013 are:

Devika Bhise, writer and director of Hijras-The Third Gender, which offers a rare insight to the secret, cruel and ambiguous lives of the Hijra transgender community in India. The film was named the Best Social Documentary at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in March 2009. Bhise is also a dancer, actress, singer and a model. She is from New York, N.Y.

Anna Kleinsasser, who raised 161K for Habitat for Humanity. Kleinsasser is from Maryland.

Hadley Nagel, National director of Americans for Madision, a group working to establish a memorial to James Madison in Washington, D.C. She was also a Bloomberg correspondent for Scoop ’08. Because of her passion for politics and fashion, the New York Observer recently dubbed her “The Egghead Debutante.”

Erich Reimer, the newly elected executive vice-chair of the College Caucus of the Young Democrats of America, a 200,000 member organization for Democrats under the age of 36 that serves as the national youth branch for the Democratic Party. Prior to his election this month, Reimer was National Executive Director of High School Democrats of America, the high school branch of the Young Democrats of America. He is from Albany, N.Y.

Philip Wertheimer, who ranked 22 in a field of 123 players in Division 1 of the 2009 National Scrabble Championship in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month. Wertheimer is a veteran Scrabble competitor from Short Hills, N.J.


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