Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009
The Classes of 2013 have arrived at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and, as members of the Internet generation, have already spent the semester communicating with one another, their professors and deans via Facebook.
Selected from the largest applicant pool in the Colleges' history, a remarkable 41 percent of the Classes of 2013 ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. There are 20 student government class presidents and 23 Eagle Scouts or Gold Award winners. The Classes of 2013 are also our most diverse with 22 percent identified as multicultural, up from 15 percent last year. They hail from countries as near as Canada and Mexico, and as far away as Pakistan and China. In total, they speak more than 30 languages.
"The students arriving on campus this weekend are intelligent, engaged and active members of their own communities and it's my pleasure to welcome them to our community," says Mark D. Gearan, president of the Colleges. "In my conversations with many of them, I have found them to be focused, involved and intent on having a positive impact on the world in which we live."
In a survey conducted this summer, 91 percent of students in the Classes of 2013 reported that they are volunteering in their communities on a weekly or monthly basis. The issues of most concern to them include the economy, environment and health care as well access to education, poverty and literacy.
The Classes arrive at the Colleges at a time of great momentum having been recognized, once again, by The Princeton Review as among the best in the country with the HWS study abroad program ranking 18th in the nation. In addition, the Colleges recently completed the renovations of the Scandling Campus Center as well as the Warren Hunting Smith Library to create the Rosensweig Learning Commons. The Colleges are also undertaking the renovation of its sports and recreation center for the benefit of all students, faculty and staff.
"This is an exciting time to be a member of the Hobart and William Smith community," says Gearan. "I am confident that the Classes of 2013 will add to the academic and co-curricular excellence of these Colleges."