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WILMORE, KY— Other schools call them freshmen. Asbury College calls them the Zealous Class of 2012.

movingin.jpg“This day is a launching pad for the next stage in their lives,” said Kacie Powell, associate director of communications. “In less than four years, these new students will declare a major, discover God’s plan for their future, make some of the best friends of their lives, visit a foreign nation, grow academically and spiritually and drink 400 gallons of Ale-8-One (a Kentucky soda) each.”

The Zealous Class named by class sponsors Sarah Matthews and Micah Buckel and advised by Dr. Ken and Mrs. Linda Pickerill.

The Zealous Class is 333 strong, representing 35 states and seven foreign nations (Finland, Germany, India, Kenya, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand) with U.S. students from Ghana, United Arab Emirates and Madagascar. The top five states represented are Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Approximately 61 percent graduated from public high schools, 25 percent from private schools and 12 percent were homeschooled.


The class is also academically strong. With an average GPA of 3.55 and more than 90 percent ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes, 38 percent received academic scholarships.  More than 100 students received athletic scholarships to play on Asbury College’s 13 intercollegiate teams including softball, which was reinstated this year. Be sure to see the Eagles in action this year.

In addition, the College awarded scholarships for community service, Christian service, missions, leadership, and music. Therefore, 100 percent of the class of 2012 received some type of financial aid. The average financial aid package for students demonstrating need was $15,316.

archways.jpgMore than 30 new students participated in Archways, a 5-day wilderness excursion at Red River Gorge.

As of Thursday, Aug. 21, the College was still accepting transfers and re-admitted students, bringing the total new student count to 397 for fall 2008.

New student orientation continues through Sunday, Aug. 24. Classes for undergraduate students begin Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m.