Another Record for Enrollment at St. Francis College
Honors Program & Freshman Largest Incoming Class Ever
More than 570 members of the Fall 2009 incoming freshman class will be attending Terrier Monday, August 31, making this the second year in a row that St. Francis College has set a record for largest incoming class. In addition, more than 60 of those students have been admitted into the College’s Honors Program, allowing them to attend small seminars on topics like; New York New York: From the Great Depression to the present Economic Downturn, Contemporary Islam: It’s Socio-Economic Context and Understanding the Environment.
All freshmen are required to attend Terrier Monday, which finishes up the orientation they began over the summer and helps to immerse them in extra-curricular life at St. Francis College. All the College’s clubs, academic societies and athletic teams sponsor a booth to make sure each student knows about the wide variety of opportunities for all students outside the classroom.
“We want to make sure no one has an excuse for not being a vibrant part of our St. Francis Community,” said Ruben Gonzalez, Assistant Director of Student Activities. “And by bringing together all our freshmen, we also help students build friendships with their classmates and ease the stress of coming together with so many new people. So many graduates have told me this was where they first began to put together their social networks.”
The large increase in on-campus housing is another big factor in the larger class size this year. “The number of students coming from outside of New York City and New York State is overwhelming,” said Director of Admissions John McAuliffe. “We’re looking at a more than 40% increase in the number of people at the St. George dormitory just a few blocks away from our Remsen Street campus. Now that we’re able to offer more beds, the demand for students who want them is incredible.”
St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201