Heidelberg welcomes incoming class of 400+

On the first day of the 2009-10 academic year, Heidelberg University is celebrating an incoming class of students that numbers 436.
 
The new class includes first-time traditional freshman, transfer students and adult students, said Lindsay Sooy, director of admission, who acknowledged that the admission team is pleased is to have exceeded its enrollment goal for the fall semester, especially given the economic climate.
 
“We credit the overall involvement and commitment of the entire campus community for our enrollment success. Everyone from coaches to alumni, faculty, trustees and current students played a vital role in our recruitment and marketing efforts,” Sooy said.
 
Also good news is a significant increase in the percentage of out-of-state students, which numbers 20 percent and minority students at almost 18 percent. In all, 19 states and six countries are represented in the incoming class, she added.
 
Coupled with last week’s ranking of Heidelberg among the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S.News & World Report magazine, the enrollment numbers are a strong indicator that Heidelberg’s reputation of providing an excellent academic experience continues to resonate with families and prospective students, said Thandabantu Maceo, vice president of enrollment management and marketing.
 
Heidelberg has embraced a more strategic, intentional approach to the overall recruitment and marketing process. And while administrators are pleased with the numbers, Maceo said the university remains focused on its goal of enrolling students who are a good “fit” with the mission and learning environment at Heidelberg.
 
“We are interested in identifying and enrolling students who we believe have a strong potential for success while they are students at Heidelberg and in their professional and personal lives after they graduate,” he said.
 
Sooy added that the personal attention Heidelberg provides in working individually with families, especially in the midst of challenging economic circumstances, was an extremely positive factor in the overall enrollment success.
 
“This proves that even in tough times, students are still choosing to come here,” Sooy said. “The individual assistance is helpful, yes, but students still are drawn to an institution that provides a quality academic experience.”
 
To help the new students successfully transition to college life, Heidelberg held a series of Welcome Days activities, beginning with Move-In-Day last Friday and concluding Sunday. Welcome Days – in addition to the typical summer orientation program where new students spend two days on campus – is packed with activities, both formal and informal. Families were involved until they said their goodbyes Friday evening. Students also participated in residence hall meetings proficiency exams, discussion about important campus and social issues, a community service project in the community and social events including a football scrimmage and pep rally.
 
Additional new arrivals on campus this fall are faculty members Stephen Deyrup, Megan Mahon and Thomas Newcomb. Deyrup has his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and will be an assistant professor of chemistry. Mahon received her Ph.D. from the University of Toledo and will teach graduate counseling courses. Newcomb has his law degree from the University of Minnesota and is a professor of criminal justice.

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Aug 24, 2009