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Submitted by Katie Magee on September 4, 2012

When the doors of our freshman residence halls opened this September to welcome the class of 2016, they ushered in a particularly impressive group of new students. As one of the largest classes to ever enter the University, the freshman class is made up of more than 950 students. Chosen from a pool of over 9,000 applicants, Fairfield’s largest applicant pool ever, this class is filled with talented and enthusiastic young men and women from all over the world.


According to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, this was a banner year for enrollment. Members of this class are some of the most academically gifted students we have seen. In fact, our highest merit scholarship, the Magis Scholarship—for students who excel in the classroom and beyond—was awarded to more students than ever before. The freshman class is also made up of students who are more involved in their communities, more engaged in service, and more recognized for noteworthy accomplishments than in years past.


“This is a terrific class of freshmen. With students coming from 22 states, Puerto Rico, and as far away as Morocco and Bosnia-Herzegovinia,” reports Karen Pellegrino, dean of enrollment.  “We are seeing a richly varied group of academically gifted freshman join our community this year. I have every confidence they will bring a lot to Fairfield University.”


As the year gets underway, the Office of Undergraduate Admission hopes everyone on campus will come to share in their enthusiasm for the class of 2016. This strong group of students will be an important addition to our university. Please get to know them and make them feel welcome.  Next … recruitment of the Class of 2017!

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