Welcome Class of 2014

September 23, 2010

Wheelock welcomed the new undergraduate class of 2014 over a rainy, windswept Labor Day weekend. This talented and enthusiastic group of students marks the largest incoming class in the College's history, following a record-breaking number of admissions applications.

The 298 new students hail from 14 different states, bringing with them a variety of backgrounds and experiences. However, one common theme among the class members is their commitment to working with children and families.

Members of the class have volunteered with special needs children, raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, participated in Boys and Girls clubs, and organized clothing drives for babies, children, and adults. Others have worked as camp counselors, nannies, coaches, and religious education teachers.

"We were searching for students who had solid academic backgrounds, were passionate about children and families, and filled their free time with productive, engaging activities-and we found you!" said Kristen Harrington, senior director of undergraduate admissions, speaking at Orientation.

The class of 2014 includes many students who have demonstrated leadership skills by serving as class presidents, National Honor Society members, valedictorians, peer leaders, service learning trip organizers, or sports team captains. The students bring with them a passion for painting, sculpting, singing, dancing, acting, sports, and a multitude of other extracurricular activities. Some have held unique jobs and hobbies--Including a Zumba instructor and a Zamboni driver!

Students arrived from as far away as Mississippi and Kentucky, although more than 60 percent of the students are from Massachusetts. The vast majority of students (234) plan to live on campus.

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