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newclass07.jpgWILMORE, KY—With the first day of classes still weeks away, Asbury College is eagerly anticipating the Class of 2011. More than 375 new students are planning to attend this fall and deposits are still coming in.

The new class boasts some impressive students including five national merit finalists, 22 Valedictorians and four Governor’s Scholars.

Of the new freshman, 116 are presidential scholars, each receiving 15 to 30 percent scholarships for academic excellence.

More than half (56.9 percent) were in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class and nearly a third (31.8 percent) were in the top 10 percent of their class. The average ACT score for the incoming class is 24.8 and the average SAT is 1160. It is no surprise that 42.6 percent of these incoming students received academic scholarships.

In keeping with a tradition the College has held since 1929, the incoming class will be given a name that they will keep through graduation and long after. The Class of 2011 has been named Fearless. Their colors are denim blue and red. The Bible verse which they will carry through all four years is Isaiah 58:8-9a: “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’”

The two seniors selected to help this new class acclimate to Asbury College are Tiffany Walz from Evansville, Ind., and Will Adams from Valdosta, Ga. Class advisors are Dr. Mike and Lora Cuckler. Mike teaches sociology at the College and Lora works in student development.

When new students arrive in August for orientation, they will be matched up with a T.A.G. (Transition and Guidance) or iT.A.G. (for international students) group and a T.A.G. leader (or sophomore students selected to assist new students with the transition to college life.)

New Student Orientation is Aug. 23-27. Registration is from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Luce Physical Activities Center. Orientation weekend includes the President’s Convocation, First Serve, Cut Loose at the Luce and introductions to your transition and guidance (TAG) group. View the New Student orientation schedule.

From Aug. 21-24, Asbury College provides an intercultural new student orientation (iTAG) for international students or those who have lived outside the U.S. for at least the past four years. Registration is from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Z.T. and Sarah M. Johnson Cafeteria Grille. Activities include a shopping trip, an out-on-the-town event and a Wilmore and campus tour. View the Intercultural New Student Orientation schedule.

Prior to orientation, several incoming students will participate in Archways, Aug. 18-23. These students will spend five days hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing and rappelling at nearby Red River Gorge.