Cedarville University Gears up for a Record Enrollment

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University will welcome a record total enrollment August 19-21 as more than 3,100 students arrive on campus. Roscoe Smith, director of undergraduate admissions, noted that this year`s freshmen are showing interest in what are commonly termed "hot" career fields. "Following a national trend, there has been a high demand for the nursing major," he explained. "Other strong academic majors for incoming students are athletic training, education, science and mathematics, social work, and criminal justice." With an increase in enrollment, the University is welcoming 11 new faculty members. Smith added, "The criminal justice program will be enhanced by the addition of a new faculty member, retired Fairborn Chief of Police Patrick Oliver." The students will arrive Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21 during the University`s Getting Started Weekend. During that time, students and their parents will participate in various orientation activities. In addition, faculty, staff, and returning students have volunteered to help students unload cars and move into the residence halls throughout the weekend. Volunteers are given a T-shirt to identify them as help for arriving families. The University-provided moving assistance is one part of Getting Started Weekend that most impresses parents. "More than 300 returning students help welcome the new students and their parents," said Dick Walker, director of campus activities. "Residence hall staff, Getting Started small group leaders, athletic teams, and student leaders do everything from unloading cars to manning the dish pit to make for a complete ‘Welcome to Cedarville` experience." Media interested in covering Getting Started Weekend should call the University media relations office at 937-766-7807. Details and times for Getting Started activities are available online at www.cedarville.edu (click on "Getting Started Weekend" under "Upcoming Events"). -30-