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Big first-year class Is Starting Strong

This fall, Cal U welcomed its largest class of first-time freshmen since 2014. The first-year students who arrived for Welcome Weekend represent 53 Pennsylvania counties, 13 U.S. states and 18 countries around the world.

Many of these students were born in 2000, making this the first class born and raised in the current millennium.

“Say ‘Y2K’ to these students, and they don’t know what you mean,” says Dr. Daniel Engstrom, associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Success. “They have always lived in a world where the year starts with a 2.”

The incoming class has a strong academic profile, with more students whose test scores and previous academic performance indicate they are likely to do well in college. University officials credit an improved scholarship strategy with attracting greater numbers of top students.

New academic programs, fresh marketing campaigns and enhancements to the campus visit experience are also part of Cal U’s strategic enrollment plan.

Cal U welcomed incoming students with activities such as a guided kayak tour, outlet shopping, outdoor fitness activities and fireworks.

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