McDaniel welcomes Class of 2017 to campus

McDaniel College freshman Kali Doyle joined more than 450 first-year students as they moved into their dorms Wednesday, but the freshmen didn't have much work to do thanks to the college's upperclassmen and McDaniel President Roger Casey.

Once a car pulled up next to the freshmen only Rouzer and Whiteford halls, a swarm of students wearing yellow shirts, the McDaniel 'Move In Crew', unloaded the vehicle in 30 seconds to a minute.

"It was absolutely lovely," Doyle said of the help. "They brought it to the door and I brought it in. So a little work was required."

McDaniel's freshmen class is one of the college's largest incoming freshmen classes, according to Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations.

Last year's incoming class had 445 students, she said.

Students in the Class of 2017 hail from 25 states and 12 countries, including Bangladesh, China, Guatemala, Liberia, Russia, and South Korea. The incoming class is almost exactly 50 percent female and 50 percent male.

Knauer said there was no one specific reason why the incoming class is larger than in years past.

She added that the college switched to an online application form last year, which has helped to increase the number of applications to the college.

McDaniel will have about 1,600 undergraduate students enrolled this semester, according to Knauer.

The class of 2017 will be the college's first class to spend their freshman year in co-ed dorms. Previously, Rouzer Hall was an all-male dorm with Whiteford serving as the all-female dorm.

Knauer said making the dorms co-ed is expected to help students become acclimated to the college.

Students are also grouped together by which freshmen seminar they are taking, allowing them more opportunities to study outside the classroom, she said.

Erin Logan, a McDaniel freshman from Washington D.C., said she chose to attend McDaniel because it reminded her of her small high school environment.

"It just felt like a good fit," she said.

Logan said she is undecided on a major, but could study studio art or art history.

Ben Zoghby, a freshman from Richmond said he is most looking forward to the independence that college offers compared to high school.

Also, after attending a small private school, he's ready to meet new classmates.

"Coming here, it's a whole new bunch of people that I'm looking forward to meeting," he said.

The college has also enrolled 74 transfer students this year. Classes begin at McDaniel Aug. 26.

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