New Student Orientation, Aug. 21-22, 2004
When Goshen College’s Class of 2008 arrived on campus for Orientation Weekend, Aug. 21-22, students and their parents came from Akron, Ind., and Akron, Pa.; from Aurora, Colo., and Aurora, Ore.; Bloomington, Ill., and Bloomington, Ind.; and Millersburg, Ohio and Millersburg, Ind. They also came from as near as three blocks away and as far as Vietnam. The weekend included registration, orientation to the campus, a picnic, Sunday morning worship and then an afternoon at Merry Lea Environmental Center for group games and worship on Sunday afternoon after their parents left.
Overall new student enrollment was 247 students, compared to 258 students last year, maintaining consistent levels of recruitment, with 169 first-year students and 74 transfer students among the total new enrollees.
The quality of incoming students to Goshen College continues to remain high. The Class of 2008 average grade point average is 3.5, with an average SAT score of 1140 and ACT score of 25. Among the Class of 2008 are four National Merit Finalists, 15 valedictorians or salutatorians. Fifty-five percent of the students were in the top 25 percent of their high school class and 80 percent were in the top 50 percent. Thirteen of this year’s class received the college’s highest academic and leadership award, the President’s Leadership Award. The class is from 91 high schools, 21 states and 18 countries, and includes four sets of twins.