College receives record applications, welcomes the "Unashamed Class"
WILMORE, KY— After receiving a record number of 1,377 applications for admission, Asbury College expects 364 new students to arrive on campus this weekend for orientation.
The new students are 42 percent male and 58 percent female and represent 36 states and five foreign nations. This year’s top five states represented are Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Sixty-six percent of the new students matriculate from public schools, 21 percent from private schools and 12 percent were home-schooled. They have an average SAT score of 1140, average ACT score of 24.4 and an average GPA of 3.57.
Dozens of different religious denominations are represented, including 19 percent from the United Methodist Church, 17 percent from Baptist churches, 14 percent from Independent churches and 11 percent from the Christian Church.
The freshman class of 2010 will be known as the Unashamed Class. The class verse is I John 2:28 (NIV) “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”
Class advisors for the Unashamed Class are Randy Richardson, assistant professor of classical languages, and his wife, Debbie, who is a speech-language pathologist at Brookside Elementary in Nicholasville. Class sponsors are seniors Lizzy Jones from Point Pleasant, W.Va., and Joel Meyer from New Bremen, Ohio.
“After praying and thinking about it, we felt as if this was a ministry God was inviting us to participate in for the next four years,” Randy Richardson said. “I am looking forward to getting to know the members of the Unashamed Class of 2010 and to beginning to form a strong bond with them. It will be great to spend focused time with the students in settings other than the classroom.”
Eighteen members of the class of 2010 arrived last weekend to participate in the College’s wilderness-based Archways program, which combines time for reflection with high-adventure activities both at the College's ropes challenge course and at Red River Gorge.