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Thomas More College’s 2014-2015 school year marks one of the largest classes of incoming students that the college has ever seen, as well as the greatest number of students living in the residence halls. Classes began last week with 340 freshmen and 403 total students living on campus.
“I want to thank all of the high schools as well as the faculty, staff, students and alumni who made this achievement possible. It is apparent that students desire a values-based education when weighing their higher education options,” said President David A. Armstrong.
“The admissions staff has been working hard and we are very excited about the size, quality and diversity of the incoming class. They’ve brought a lot of energy to campus,” said Kristi Lehmer, executive director of enrollment management.
New programs have contributed to increased enrollment. New students have been drawn to the athletic training major, marine biology track, experiential learning requirement, marching band, women’s lacrosse and the new textbook initiative which eliminates out-of-pocket costs for textbooks.
The textbook initiative has impacted both students and faculty. “I was delighted on the first day of class to see all the students with a textbook. I was able to give an assignment knowing that students had the ability to answer questions and read the chapter material, providing a very productive beginning,” associate professor of business Lynette Guzzino said.
Jennifer Bravo is a senior majoring in communications and Spanish. “Students have a sense of relief that they don’t have to worry about looking for textbooks, that they were all ready for pickup. Like many students at TMC, I receive scholarships and it helped having the textbooks covered instead of paying money separately. I’m a double major and this initiative helps me, and many other students who double or triple major, afford all the books we need to succeed,” said Bravo.
In addition to the textbook initiative, the marching band initiative is also reporting great results. After a successful band camp last week, the Marching Saints are gearing up for their performance at the first home football game Sept. 27.
“We are off to a great start! Most of the band members are new students, having chosen Thomas More for its academic excellence but also for the opportunity to continue their musical interests in college. The band will add excitement to TMC’s athletic events and other campus activities this year, and years down the road as we continue to grow,” said Randy Webb, director of bands.
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