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Loyola welcomes Class of 2021

| By Stephanie Weaver
Video by Chris Singlemann

Loyola University Maryland greeted the Class of 2021 as they arrived on campus on Aug. 31. 2017.

At the New Student Convocation today, parents, faculty, and other members of the campus community celebrated the Class of 2021. When Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., addressed the students, the president of Loyola urged them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them during their time at the Jesuit liberal arts university in Baltimore.

“For those of us who are involved in the work of higher education year in and year out the arrival of the new first-year students is an event that never loses its excitement,” he said. “I know that I speak for all of my colleagues when I say that we look forward to getting to know the members of this class and to assisting you in your transformation from pupils to co-learners who will generate new knowledge and greater insight into the human condition.”

This year’s common text for Messina is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. The book, which is a compelling first-hand account of a lawyer who defends the poor and wrongly condemned, speaks to the inequality in the justice system. Loyola faculty members, administrators and students chose this book largely because of the powerful questions it raises about fairness and racial justice in a democratic society.

New students have the opportunity to make connections and get acclimated to college life at numerous events during Fall Welcome Weekend scheduled through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.

Class of 2021 by the numbers:

  • 8%: students who attended Jesuit high schools
  • 10%: legacy students
  • 16%: first-generation college students
  • 21%: students of color
  • 29%: students who enrolled test optional
  • 194: students from Maryland
  • 1,031: total students enrolled
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