Barry McNamara  |   Published August 17, 2016

337 new students

Out-of-state and international students are big part of Class of 2020, transfers
  • A few of the 337 new students for the fall semester pause for a group picture with library staff members and the Scots Spirit statue outside of the Hewes Library.
Monmouth College will open the 2016-17 school year with 337 new students. The diverse class of 298 first-time freshmen and 39 transfer students includes students from 22 states and 15 countries.

The College has experienced a 66 percent growth in its number of new out-of-state students.

Monmouth Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications Trent Gilbert said this year’s freshmen will expand the College’s overall enrollment to about 1,200, which now includes students from 33 states and 33 countries.

The Monmouth Class of 2020, which features 28 international students, is composed of 33 percent minority students. First-generation college students account for half of Monmouth’s entering class.

“Monmouth College continues to be a place of high opportunity,” Gilbert said.

Thanks to an investment of more than $120 million in the campus over the past 15 years and the creation of several innovative academic programs, such as the Triads, Monmouth continues to recruit an academically gifted class, said Monmouth President Clarence R. Wyatt.

“Being a college of high opportunity means more than just enabling the student to pay the bill,” Wyatt said. “It also means creating the fullest and richest experience possible, to create the greatest opportunities possible for growth over their four years on campus and in their lives beyond.

“The benefits that come to young people who complete a bachelor’s degree are well documented, and especially so for those who graduate from Monmouth College. Free to pursue all the possibilities before them, these young people will be leaders in their professions and communities. They will be more engaged and supportive alumni of the College. They will live the fulfilling and fulfilled lives that we wish for them all.”

Classes begin Aug. 23 at the liberal arts college. A couple hundred students have arrived early for special academic and leadership programs, marching band and fall sports. The remaining students will arrive Aug. 20-21 on campus.

Monmouth’s annual matriculation ceremony will be held 4 p.m. Aug. 20 on Wallace Hall Plaza. Its century-old Freshman Walkout will take place Aug. 22.
“Bringing in this class was not a single-stream achievement of a goal,” concluded Gilbert. “This is many people working together to achieve a goal. And not just many people in admission. This is faculty and staff, as well as students and alumni, all doing their part to make this type of success possible for the College.”
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