Rowan welcomes largest freshman class

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Rowan University will welcome its largest freshman class this year. Close to 1,700 freshmen have placed deposits with the Glassboro-based University, along with 1,022 transfer students.

Rowan University will welcome its largest freshman class this year. Close to 1,700 freshmen have placed deposits with the Glassboro-based University, along with 1,022 transfer students.

While historically some students elect not to begin college at institutions where they submit deposits, Rowan’s Admissions Director Albert Betts estimates that 1,575 freshmen and 1,075 transfers will begin their Rowan academic careers this September (based on what the University calls 10th-Day Statistics). Last year, 1,353 freshmen and 957 transfers (10th-Day Statistics) started at Rowan in the fall.

Move-in day for freshmen is Saturday, August 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Move-in day for transfer students and upperclassmen is Sunday, August 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and also on Monday, August 31, for upperclassmen moving into the new Rowan Boulevard apartments). 

New students will enter a University enjoying numerous transitions, and returning students will come back to a campus that looks different than it did just a few months ago.

Among the new highlights are:

Academics and More
•    Rowan has created an Exploratory Studies program that provides an academic home for students with fewer than 60 credits who are not prepared to select a major.  Students in the Exploratory Studies program are housed within the interdisciplinary center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Exploratory Studies students receive academic and professional advising from the Career and Academic Planning Center and also have access to the professional staff coordinator and a faculty director of the program to assist in identifying majors of interest and facilitating the transition into a permanent major. 
 
•    All freshmen are now required to take the online Alcohol-Wise course before attending classes. The course helps students examine their own drinking habits, learn tips about how to drink in moderation and how to deal with others who are disruptive or in danger. The program is overseen by the Center for Addiction Studies and Awareness.

•    Rowan has added an M.S. in computer science

•    The University has initiated “RU Ready to STEP UP?” The program, coordinated by the Division of Students Affairs, promotes healthy decision-making. STEP UP (which stands for Safe choices, Think healthy, Embrace the Rowan spirit, Party responsibly, Understand and appreciate others, and Participate) offers monthly programming on topics that range from dealing with stress to suicide prevention to financial management.

Housing
•    The University is opening the first phase of the new Rowan Boulevard apartment complex this month. SORA Holdings completed the 568-bed, four-story section, which Rowan will rent for upperclassman housing. Each apartment has four bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and a living room.

Environment/Facilities
The University and Borough of Glassboro worked on numerous projects during the summer.

•    Workers replaced sewer lines and constructed the roundabout at Rt. 322 and Rowan Boulevard.  Rt. 322 should reopen at the end of August.
•    Rowan demolished the old football stadium bleachers and installed new ones that include an elevator to the press box and will have solar panels donated by the Class of 2009 on the roof.
•    Rowan also completed renovations to numerous classrooms, residence halls, Esby Gymnasium and the Green Team House; replaced underground electric cables and transformers on the north side of campus; and implemented a new parking plan that changed lot designations.

Public Safety
•    Public Safety added a dog to the K-9 unit as well as five security officers.
•    The department also installed additional security measures in the new townhouses, including a substation, surveillance and access security cards.
•    Rowan added license plate recognition cameras on Rt. 322.
•    The University obtained additional grants for pedestrian enforcement and education.

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