St. Mary's College of Maryland Welcomes Most Diverse Class in History

Submitted by Gretchen Phillips on September 05, 2023 - 9:03 am
September 05, 2023
By Gretchen Phillips

St. Mary's College of Maryland welcomed 519 first-year and new transfer students, the largest incoming class in over a decade and the most diverse in the 183-year history of the College. New students arrived on campus Thursday, August 24 and participated in a range of orientation activities over the weekend, joining returning students for the first day of class on Monday, August 28.

"The size and diversity of this class are reflective of the value students and families from Maryland and beyond see in the benefits of an excellent and affordable honors-level liberal arts and sciences education at a public institution,” said David L. Hautanen Jr., vice president for enrollment management at the College. "Selected from the largest applicant pool in the College's history, we are looking forward to our new students thriving as they contribute their exceptional talents, interests and life experiences to enriching the community both on and off-campus.” 

Facts and figures for the Class of 2027:

  • Students hail from 17 states and the District of Columbia
  • 22 of 24 counties in Maryland are represented, with the largest contingents from Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore counties
  • Citizens of 25 countries are represented
  • Psychology, biology and marine science are the most popular declared majors
  • 220 high schools (including home schools) and 36 4-year and community colleges are represented
  • The class is comprised of 445 first-year and 74 transfer students
  • 30% of incoming students are from historically underrepresented groups, with 27% being the first in their families to attend a 4-year college

The Class was officially welcomed as part of the St. Mary's College community on Thursday, August 24 at the Twilight Ceremony, where they were led in reciting the St. Mary's Way. They were welcomed to the College by President Tuajuanda C. Jordan, PhD, and other college administrators at the Opening Convocation on Friday, August 25. New students also signed the President's Book, a tradition dating back several decades.

See some of the orientation events on Flickr!


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