Move In Day at EKU 2015
EKU rolled out the maroon carpet Friday, Aug. 21, for the largest freshman class in the institution’s history.
More than 800 students signed up to help check in approximately 2,200 first-year students out of a total freshman class of 2,943 as of Aug. 22. Total enrollment for the same date was 16,840, the highest number for the same date since 2001.
The record numbers, which also included a record number of Latino students, were matched by the quality of the incoming class. The number of students entering with developmental needs is down from 31 percent two years ago to 21 percent this year. This year’s freshman class also brings a higher average ACT score and high school GPA than preceding classes.
The University recently revamped its merit scholarship model in order to attract more of the best and brightest students. Eastern committed an additional $1.7 million to its scholarship budget for the Fall 2015 class, translating to 100-150 additional merit scholarships.
Assisting with Move-In Day were Greeks, various student organizations, student-athletes and Colonel Campers.
Move-In Mania also consisted of several other activities, including parties on Friday and Saturday night. New Student Days continued with the annual freshman convocation and President’s Picnic, with a “finance boot camp,” home football opener, City Fest and other activities yet to come.