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WJU sees a 5 percent increase in new students

Updated: Thursday, August 21 2014, 06:18 PM EDT
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Wheeling Jesuit University welcomed more than 300 new students to campus Thursday as the 2014-15 academic year starts.
Members of the campus community helped the incoming freshman class move into the residence halls in what has become an annual tradition at Wheeling Jesuit. Local alumni joined faculty, administrators and staff, lending a hand to the new students and their parents.
This year, WJU is seeing a 5 percent increase in new students compared to the 2013-14 academic year.
"We are excited to welcome this new class of Cardinals to campus as we prepare for the launch of another academic year. We have a great group of students that make up the class of 2018 and I wish them much success as they begin their college careers at Wheeling Jesuit," said the Rev. James Fleming, S.J., WJU president.
The 314 members of the class of 2018 hail from 32 states and nine countries. Three-quarters of the incoming class are from the tri-state region - Ohio (102), Pennsylvania (33) and West Virginia (75).
This year's freshman class has an overall grade point average of 3.4. Classes start at 8 a.m., Monday.
 "Move in day is always an exciting time, as we get to welcome so many new members to our campus family. I look forward to meeting our new students and working with the class of 2018 on their educational journey during the next four years," said Dr. Robert Phillips, WJU vice president for academics.
In addition to new students moving in, the Cardinal Commons, located on Washington Avenue will open this weekend for graduate and adult students. The 36-unit apartment style building is nearing a 100-percent occupancy.
"This is a terrific school, everyone has been so warm and welcoming," said Freshman Lucy Hritzo of Philadelphia, Pa. "I've only been here a day and can already tell I'm going to have a blast."
Missy Wagner of Pittsburgh, Pa. added, "I was a little nervous coming here, but once I arrived, that feeling instantly went away. This campus is beautiful and some of the professors already know me by name."
The freshman class will begin its year performing service on the annual "Make a Difference Day" scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23. The class will hit the streets of Wheeling from 9-11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30-4 p.m. and will work with the following organizations:

WJU sees a 5 percent increase in new students

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