Classes Begin for 2009-10 Academic Year
August 26, 2009
August 26, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Sunny skies and a temperature of 67 degrees greeted DePauw University students this morning as they headed from their residence halls to their first classes of the 2009-10 academic year. About 2,400 students are enrolled at DePauw; the total will not be official until approximately September 10 as undergraduates adjust their schedules. They include 747 incoming students, who make up one of the largest new classes in the University's 172-year-history.
The incoming group includes 721 first-year students, 15 transfers and 11 international exchange students. They come from 31 states and 24 countries and include 81 international students, the largest total in DePauw's history. International students comprise 11% of the total incoming class.
Twenty-three percent of the incoming undergraduates are first generation college students -- in other words, no one in their immediate family has graduated from college before -- a 2% increase from a year ago. Thirty-eight percent are Indiana residents, and 20% of the enrolling students have an alumni tie to DePauw.
A report on Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR this morning noted the start of classes at DePauw and several other Indiana colleges. It notes DePauw's strong admission year and that it is nationally recognized as one of America's top liberal arts colleges, and invites viewers to attend an upcoming program. "At DePauw, a big event on campus to kick off the school year, is a debate between Karl Rove and Howard Dean September 11th," reported WTHR's Lynsay Clutter '00.
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On Saturday, President Brian W. Casey welcomed the Class of 2013 at DePauw's traditional opening convocation. Continuing the tradition initiated last August by President Casey, members of the new class processed through campus to the Green Center, where they were greeted by cheering members of the DePauw faculty.
A video of the procession, shot and edited by Ken Owen '82, can be seen here: [Download Video: "Procession/Convocation Highlights" - 11,312kb].Back