August 21, 1998

Contact: Elizabeth Latt

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Vanderbilt welcomes back students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the summer break coming to a close, Vanderbilt University prepares to welcome to campus its more than 10,000 students, including a freshman class that is one of the University's most diverse and brightest.

Freshmen from 48 states and 33 nations will begin moving into residence halls at 9 a.m. Saturday. Dormitories open at noon Sunday for upperclassmen.

The 1,526 freshmen include 795 women and 731 men. The average Scholastic Aptitude Test score for the freshmen is 1292, four points higher than last year. Their average high school grade point average is 3.54 on a 4.0 scale.

Many in the class of 2002 were leaders in their high schools, including 125 students who graduated first or second in their classes, 40 student body presidents, 94 editors in chief of their student publications and 366 who were captains of athletic teams. Students who identified themselves in one of five minority categories make up 19 percent of the class. Students who call Tennessee home comprise 13.5 percent of the freshmen.

During the weekend, new students will undergo orientation, and they and their parents will hear a welcoming address from Chancellor Joe B. Wyatt Saturday evening at Vanderbilt Stadium.

During an assembly Thursday, the Chancellor will address faculty and present the Thomas Jefferson Award to a faculty member for service to the governance of the University.

Classes begin Monday at three of Vanderbilt's professional schools, the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Vanderbilt School of Law and the School of Nursing. Students in the College of Arts and Science, Peabody College, the Blair School of Music, the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Graduate School will begin classes Wednesday. The Vanderbilt Medical School first-year students began classes Aug. 20, a day after classes began for second-year students.


Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

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