Classes don't begin until Monday, August 22, but students are already on campus and looking forward to a great year, fueled in large part by the numbers and diversity of the entering class.
First-year enrollment took a jump from 2010, with 391 first-year students entering the Class of 2015. Along with states across the U.S., these students come from the United Kingdom, Mongolia, China, Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Germany, and Japan. They're joined by 34 transfer students, a 25% increase over 2010 transfer enrollment. This year's transfers come from 29 different institutions in Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, Arizona, and Kansas.
Following the success of the 2010-11 Year of Sustainability, 2011-12 focuses on wellness. "We're excited about our Year of Wellness kickoff on August 25, with 40 booths for our Wellness Fair," said Tom Johnson, director of campus wellness. "Every month we're going to have events focused on a different aspect of wellness, and every day we've got Lunch and Go, a 20-minute activity session. It should be a lot of fun."
Johnson went on to explain that beyond the Year of Wellness, he is establishing a campus wellness program centered on small group activities planned and led by student coordinators. "Our goal is to get faculty, students and staff to engage in wellness activities as part of their everyday lives," said Johnson. "This year is going to have something for every individual. That's exciting to me."