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Impressive Rate of Growth Continues as Le Moyne Welcomes Another Record First-Year Class

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … As nearly 650 first-year students head to Le Moyne College – an increase of more than 100 students over the 2008 freshmen class – the College continues a remarkable record of growth achieved in the midst of the most challenging economic climate in decades.

This marks the third consecutive year that Le Moyne has recruited the largest class in the College’s 65-year history. As impressive as the steadily increasing number of first-year students – 545 in 2008, 612 in 2009, 626 in 2010 and this year’s 647 – is the change in the makeup of the class over that time period:

• The percentage of multicultural students has increased by nearly six percent;
• Students from outside of the Central New York region have increased by approximately 22 percent;
• New students majoring in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines have increased by nearly 70 percent;
• The academic profile of the students has improved based on both high school grade point average and average SAT scores.
• Applications have gone from 4,211 to 5,774, an increase of approximately 37%.
“Students who have made the decision to attend Le Moyne are arriving at a time in our history that is unparalleled,” said Le Moyne’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Dennis DePerro. “Not only has the demand for a Le Moyne education increased tremendously over the past three years, but the campus is moving forward on many fronts as we continuously strive to improve the experience from an academic, campus life and service standpoint.”

The increased interest is due in large part to initiatives stemming from the OneLeMoyne strategic planning process instituted by Le Moyne President Fred Pestello shortly after his arrival on campus in 2008. The physical improvements necessary to achieve the OneLeMoyne vision have resulted, over the past 18 months, in the largest building projects since Le Moyne was founded in 1946.

Students arriving on campus for the Fall 2011 semester will see the ongoing improvement, including work on the 50,000-square-feet addition to the science complex, a project that began in June 2010 and will be completed in time for the Spring 2012 semester. The fourth floor classrooms in Grewen Hall have been totally renovated, while in the Henninger Athletic Center work is almost finished on a dedicated training facility for students involved with the College’s NCAA sports programs. This follows on the heels of last year’s major projects – the Le Moyne Plaza, the Dolphin Den, and a multi-use turf field.

Le Moyne continues to get national recognized for excellence. Earlier this month, the College was named by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast, marking the third year in a row that Le Moyne has received this distinction. Le Moyne has also been recognized for quality and value for the past 19 years by U.S. News & World Report, including ranking #2 among regional universities in the north for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

posted on: 8/26/2011