Growing Student Population as SVC Starts the Academic Year

August 27, 2008

As construction teams hammer away at the emerging facade of a new residence hall, an enthusiastic student body of nearly 500 has arrived on campus. Included in this figure are more than 200 new incoming students--a diverse group of students representing fifteen states, four time zones and two continents. With this strong entering class and robust retention of current students, the College is pleased to announce its largest enrollment in more than a decade.

Driving student enrollment are new academic programs and student life activities. In the 2008-2009 academic year, SVC launches its new Build the Enterprise program, providing students hands-on learning experiences to enhance business development skills and promote entrepreneurship. The College also looks forward to the winter 2009 launch of a new healthcare management and advocacy program. Throughout the year, our third annual lecture series, “Lessons of Leadership: Pathways to Success,” will enrich the broader academic landscape. Our award-winning “First Year Quest for Success” course will introduce students to many dimensions of community life, on campus and off. This fall, student athletes will begin participating in our new athletic conference (NECC), and play will begin on the College’s new soccer field. In January 2009, Hunter Hall, a new 110-bed residence hall, will welcome students as they return to campus.

The public is invited to join SVC students, faculty and staff at Opening Convocation Thursday, August 28, at 2:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of Everett Mansion. Provost Albert DeCiccio will provide the College’s annual opening address titled “The Aims of Education: Wake Eager from Dreams, Enter the Conversation, Know the Other, and Transform Communities.”