The new school year at the University of Mary begins Tuesday, August 27, 2013, with one of its largest freshman classes ever and almost all rooms filled to capacity. While the exact total enrollment numbers won't be known until Oct., when they are reported to the federal government, all indications are trending towards very strong enrollment and a near record number of freshmen students.
This year's freshman class, or the Class of 2017, comes to the University of Mary from all over the world anxious to pursue around 60 degrees in various fields such as arts and sciences; business; health sciences; education and behavioral sciences. Students are also excited about the chance to study at University of Mary's Rome campus, participate in 16 NCAA Division II sports and numerous clubs and activities while receiving a faith-based education.
Orientation week begins with freshmen students checking in and moving into residence halls Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day continues with room blessings; Wheat Ceremony and president's welcome; students, family and friends dinner and then conclude with a Starlight Social at the president's residence. A special Eucharistic Liturgy starts Sunday before the students have fun in the sun at Raging Rivers Water Park Adventure and then concludes with residence hall activities. Monday students can purchase books, get classroom tours and be entertained by Mentalist Sean Bott. After classes on Tuesday, students can relax in the Lewis and Clark Riverboat cruise. Wednesday students can take part in an all-university Eucharistic Liturgy and Thursday the annual University of Mary Community Fair will allow students to get familiar with local businesses and the day ends with Open Mic Night.
Graduate students, seniors and a handful of juniors have completed their move into the new apartments on north campus. The apartments, named Subiaco and Monte Cassino, each have 12 apartments: 11 two-bedroom units and a one-bedroom unit that is handicapped accessible. Each two-bedroom unit has a full allotment of amenities, to include: fully furnished living and dining room; washer and dryer; stove; microwave; dishwasher; two bathrooms; air conditioning; cable TV; Wi-Fi; and balcony. Currently, approximately 35 students are on a waiting list to get into the new apartments.