Washington, D.C. (August 11, 2018) – Howard University’s class of 2022 has arrived.

The nearly 1,600 incoming freshmen and their families were greeted with smiling faces and helping hands Saturday, during Move-In Day, as hundreds of students and faculty assisted them with moving their belongings into residence halls across campus.

“We want our arriving students and families to immediately feel the University’s commitment to excellence in truth and service,” says Kenneth Holmes, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Move-In Day is symbolic of the supportive and community-oriented nature of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

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President Dr. Wayne A. I Frederick walked the halls of each dorm to welcome students and thank parents for entrusting their young scholars into Howard’s care.

“Thirty years ago I was doing exactly what these students are doing as I moved into the dorms on Howard’s campus, so I know how important a day like this is to both the students and parents involved,” says President Frederick. “This is a huge milestone and we are excited to help them begin this journey toward their chosen careers.”

This year’s freshman class arrives to Howard from a variety of locations, both domestic and international, and is one of the largest classes welcomed to the University in recent years, with 1,599 students. The College of Arts and Sciences will receive the largest number of new students, with biology being the most popular major.

Melissa Constantin is an incoming freshman from Lanham, Maryland and says she chose to study Biology to conduct groundbreaking research.

“I want to eventually conduct research on uncurbable illnesses and diseases, specifically surrounding medicine and treatment,” says Constantin. “I’m most excited to learn new content within the sciences that I’m unfamiliar with now.”

While the new biology students support University initiatives to produce innovative STEM professionals, the class of 2022’s presence within the School of Business continues an upward trend of more women choosing to purse business degrees. Of the 263 freshman students entering, 55 percent are women.

“We have seen a trend over the last eight to ten years of more women studying business,” says Barron Harvey, Ph.D., Dean of Howard University’s the School of Business. “They are not only looking for a return on their education, but opportunities to start their own businesses.”

Crystal Cox, a second generation Howard student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will spend the next several years studying at the School of Business.

“I’m most excited to meet the people I’ll be taking classes with, since I’m sure we’ll be spending a lot of time together over the next four years,” says Cox, an incoming business management student.

Howard University’s class of 2022 reflects a talented group of future industry leaders, equipped with standardized test scores averaging 1220 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT. To mark their arrival, the University has planned a week of welcoming events and informational sessions leading to the first day of classes on August 20.

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

Media contact: Ramzey Smith, Ramzey.smith@howard.edu.

This article was written by Ramzey Smith on Howard.edu, where it originally appeared.