Le Moyne College officially began the 2018-19 academic year when it welcomed the class of 2022 - the second largest class in its history - to campus on Friday, Aug. 24.

With 665 members, the class of 2022 is second in size only to the 678 students who came to the College in fall 2014. The academic profile of the students continues to rise, as the average SAT score of 1160 and average ACT score of 25.1 were the highest in College history. The class continues a recent trend that has seen more ethnic and geographic diversity, as there were 141 multicultural students (compared to 110 in 2017 and 104 in 2016), 62.4 percent were from outside Central New York (compared to 60.6 percent in 2017 and 61.9 percent in 2016). The number of students from Jesuit high schools also increased markedly - 23 in this incoming class versus 20 in 2017 and 11 in 2016.

"From a variety of perspectives, this class is truly remarkable," said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. "Academically, the profile of this class is very impressive. We have also been blessed by the geographic and ethnic diversity of this incoming class. And, at a time when competition for students increases every year from private, public and online institutions, the fact that Le Moyne was able to attract a class of this quality and size speaks volumes about the caliber and nature of the Jesuit education we offer and the overall student experience."

The robust class was given a boost by the introduction of a new program, PromiseNY. This comprehensive program not only provided additional financial assistance, but also promised to keep students on a path to graduate in four years, connect every student with a mentor, and provide an internship opportunity and job interview. Also helping recruitment were several enhanced admission efforts, including conducting more than 150 admitted student interviews with Le Moyne alumni and expanding the reach of admitted student receptions and other events.

Adding to the success were focused strategies and procedures implemented over the past several years to expand enrollment outside of the Central New York region and beyond New York state's borders, while improved marketing and communications efforts - particularly on social media platforms and through improvements on the website – yielded concrete results. The College continued to have strong enrollment numbers in biology and accounting, while new majors such as cybersecurity and a direct entry component into the occupational therapy graduate program adds to Le Moyne's impressive academic portfolio.

"Our success in bringing in this class is the result of a tremendous amount of work by not only those in admission, but the entire Le Moyne community," said Vice President for Enrollment Management Tim Lee. "The near-record class was the result of a number of varied factors and is certainly strengthened by the College's reputation for excellence."

To begin their time on The Heights, members of the Class of 2022 took part in a three-day Fall Arrival experience, which included a variety of activities such as a new student convocation, the Father Bucki Memorial Day of Service, Relationships 101, Mass on the Grass and the traditional opening day fireworks.

The class is shown in photo above at the new student convocation, which included the "Manresa Matchup" two-on-two basketball game where Le Moyne President Linda LeMura and Vice President Bill Brower took on Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens.