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Mount St. Mary’s University Welcomes Second Largest Class in its 209-Year History


President Trainor at ConvocationEMMITSBURG, Md. (August 25, 2017) - This fall semester, Mount St. Mary’s University will welcome more than 510 freshmen students, the second largest class in the school’s history, as well as 53 transfer students, the most in its history, at a convocation celebration taking place on Friday, August 25. The Class of 2021 is an increase of more than 100 students from last year’s class, marking a 25 percent rise in new student enrollment.

“We are excited to welcome such a large and diverse class to campus this fall,” said Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “On behalf of administrators, faculty and staff, we look forward to helping all students succeed in their fields of study and make a difference in the Mount community and the world.”

The Mount attributes its success in enrollment growth to a number of positive factors, including the attention it received from having three Fulbright ETA Finalists and two Fulbright US-UK scholars. Also, the Mount launched new academic programs in cybersecurity and the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics, announced partnerships for cybersecurity and biology transfer opportunities with Frederick Community College, and garnered national attention in NCAA Division I athletics, particularly in men’s basketball and men’s and women’s track and field.

Earlier this summer, the Mount also announced that Trainor will be installed as its 26th president at an inauguration ceremony on Monday, October 23. Further helping improve the university’s standing in the region, Trainor has led efforts to develop the university’s strategic plan, reorganize academic departments, secure a $1 million donation for the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship, and launch a capital campaign with the goal of $30 million.

“We look forward to engaging with the freshman class to help them be successful in reaching their dreams,” said Mount St. Mary’s Interim Provost Jennie Hunter-Cevera.

The students hail from 327 different high schools in 29 different states, helping make this class one of the most diverse in Mount history. The most popular declared majors for the incoming class are business (16 percent), biology (10 percent) and criminal justice (7 percent). Additionally, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the incoming class are Division I athletes.

"Prospective students and families are more aware than ever of the Mount’s academic strength and broad spectrum of excellence, inside and outside the classroom,” said the Mount’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Michael A. Post.




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