Class of 2016 setting record with enrollment topping 1,500

The fall semester welcomes the eager new faces of the freshmen class, and this year there will be more faces than usual.

Seton Hall has accepted 1,590 students into the freshmen class of 2016.

This could affect all aspects of the University such as Freshman Studies, class size, student housing and the peer adviser program.

Dean Tracy Gottlieb of Freshman Studies said that the school is working hard to make sure all the necessary accommodations can be made for the large incoming class.

“We have hired extra peer advisers to accommodate the large class,” Gottlieb said.

Freshman Studies mentor Elizabeth Hoehn said the school has hired 50 peer advisers, which is a few more than last year’s employment, for the incoming freshman class.

“We are confident that the peer advisers we have on board will be well-equipped to support our incoming students,” Hoehn said.

Hoehn added that the only noticeable difference with the University Life classes will be that some of the more experienced peer advisers will be asked to work with two classes instead of just one.

“We have a very strong group of returning peer advisers who are excited to welcome this new group of students to Seton Hall,” Hoehn said.

Dean Karen Van Norman, Associate vice president and dean of students, is making sure there is plenty of programming for the class of 2016, according to Gottlieb.

“Dean Van Norman is working to make sure we have excellent programming, and lots of it, for the new class,” Gottlieb said. “This will help build community.”

Gottlieb said she is also working with the office of the College of Arts & Sciences to ensure that all students will be able to register for the classes they need.

“At this point, I am not anticipating larger class sizes, just more classes,” Gottlieb said. “In terms of course crunch, the majority of upperclassmen have already registered.”

The assistant director of student housing, Cheryl Janus, said although the housing application numbers have increased since last year, there will be no need to seek changes in housing.

“At this point we are still accepting housing applications for rooms in Aquinas and Boland hall for the freshman class,” Janus said.

According to Janus, there would not be enough space on campus to add rooms or beds if the problem arises that they run out of space for students.

“Should plans change and housing applications increase, (housing and residence life) will work to find the best solutions possible to accommodate students as safely, swiftly and comfortably as they can,” Janus said.

Gottlieb added that this large class size is actually keeping the enrollment where it is supposed to be because the class of 2012 was large and the class of 2015, last year’s freshmen, was relatively small.

“We graduated a big class on (May 21) and the rising sophomore, class was smaller so a big class now will keep our enrollment where we want it,” Gottlieb said.

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