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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

August 12, 2002
CONTACT: Amy Cowles
(410) 516-7800

Class of 2006 Arrives at Hopkins

Summer's haze will melt into school days Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, when 1,155 Johns Hopkins University freshmen arrive at the Homewood campus in Charles Village for Orientation Week in anticipation of the university's 127th academic year.

The whole event is quite a scene: By 8:30 a.m. each day, University Parkway and Charles Street will be filled with a snaking caravan of family cars and SUVs, slowly making their way to campus. The vehicles will be packed to the brim with the usual assortment of back-to-school paraphernalia, yet parents' arms will be free to squeeze in a few extra goodbye hugs: Approximately 300 upperclassmen will take the heave-ho out of this rite of passage by unloading and carrying all the heavy stuff to the froshes' new home away from home -- the residence halls. Faculty members will mingle over coffee and doughnuts with parents who have wisely left the lifting to the kids. Continuing their tradition, President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, will use either their in-line skates or scooters to roll through the crowd, meeting and greeting parents and students.

The rest of Baltimore will have a chance to meet the class of 2006 when the students venture off campus for Freshmen Day of Service on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be dispatched to several Charm City locales to participate in volunteer projects with local groups such as Habitat for Humanity, the Baltimore Zoo and the House of Ruth.

About the Class of 2006

They're smart, with an average SAT I score of 1375, and they come from 47 states and 39 foreign countries. They are also one of the Homewood campus' biggest classes and one of its most diverse in terms of academic interests, ethnicity and gender.

Here are some facts and figures:

Total freshmen: 1,155 students
(from 8,929 applicants)
Male: 56 percent
Female: 44 percent
Under-represented minority students: 13 percent
(up from 8 percent in 2001 and 9 percent in 2000)
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 791 students
Whiting School of Engineering: 364 students
Early decision: 26 percent
Top five states, in order: New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California, and Pennsylvania


Photo Opportunities
During Orientation Week

Saturday, Aug. 31, during the evening in the new O'Connor Recreation Center: A carnival including games, a moon bounce, volleyball, basketball, and an academic competition with apologies to "The Weakest Link."

Sunday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m.: Convocation ceremony in Shriver Hall

Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.: Playfair, a high-energy outdoor game on the lower quad designed to help freshmen meet each other and alleviate any shyness they might be feeling.

Sunday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m.: Casino Night in the Mattin Center

Monday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m.: Sexcapades, a presentation in Shriver Hall of comedic yet informative skits written and performed by orientation staffers to teach freshmen about sexual issues such as date-rape and homophobia.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m.: Barbecue on the freshmen quad. Students will attend an Orioles' game following the meal.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Freshmen Day of Service, starting at Shriver Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m.: The O-Show, a performance in Shriver Hall by various student arts groups, including a capella singers and bands.

Thursday, Sept. 5: Classes start!

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