On Wednesday morning, I arrived on campus. It was a gorgeous day. As I walked from my car to Taylor, the Dorm Leadership team of Denbigh welcomed me with a rousing greeting (in precise unison) of, “Good Morning K-Cass!” For me, it was the perfect start to move-in day for the Class of 2019.
One of my favorite days of the academic year is this day when we welcome the newest members of our community. The sense of excitement and the openness to new possibilities is palpable. As the families and friends of our entering students negotiate saying good-bye, I am deeply touched by their pride, excitement and support.
This year I was particularly struck by the wonderful positive energy of our returning students on our dorm leadership teams. They were so excited to be back and to welcome and support our newest students. I am not sure I have ever experienced that level of buzz on campus. I am eager to witness all that our students and our community will accomplish this year.
The Class of 2019 is remarkable in many ways. They are the largest class ever to enroll at the College (387 students), selected from the highest number of applications in the College’s history. In fact, this year so many students accepted our initial offers of admission that, for the first time in a number of years, we were unable to accept any students from our waiting list. Of course, this is a talented and curious group of students, with an amazing array of interests, activities and accomplishments. Given their potential to contribute to any college that they attend, it is gratifying to know that they selected Bryn Mawr.
The Class of 2019 comes to us from 36 states and 36 foreign countries, adding to the rich diversity (nationally and globally) that is at the core of the excellence of our classroom and residential experience.
We also welcomed eight transfer students chosen from a similarly selective pool, three students from the Community College Connection program, and two Katharine McBride Scholars.
This past weekend I had the pleasure to spend time with some Bryn Mawr alumnae. It was fun to share the excitement of this year’s move-in day with them and to hear their fond and sometimes humorous memories of their first visits to Bryn Mawr. I learned that two of them had met on move-in day, the first day of Customs (new student orientation) Week. They actually shared a cab from the airport on that first day, formed a strong friendship while at the College and are still close friends almost 20 years later. It made me ponder what lifelong friendships have already been launched as our newest students become part of the vibrant and powerful network of Bryn Mawr.
It is energizing to see the College anew through the eyes of our entering students. I can’t wait to see how Bryn Mawr will transform them, and just as importantly, how they will transform the College.