The Class of 2023 was ready and raring to go as they were welcomed to campus for the first time on Thurs., Aug. 22. The new class of approximately 830 students hails from 39 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. They also hold diverse interests: one-third of them performed community service in high school, while 71 percent participated in varsity or junior varsity teams. Twenty members of the class achieved Eagle Scout status.

The new students come to campus with plans to study in the schools of arts and sciences (39%), business (20%), nursing (13%) and engineering (12.3%). Approximately 150 members of the incoming class are the first member of their family to attend college in the United States. 

Below, students from the Class of 2023 speak for themselves, about their goals and hopes for their college years.