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Welcome Class of 2008


Fresh Faces/New Places

New students from around the world are settling into campus life.

More than 1,500 freshmen and their families descended on Fordham’s three campuses—Rose Hill (top), Marymount (center) and Lincoln Center (bottom)—for move-in day on Aug. 29. Cheering upperclassmen greeted the new students and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., delivered a welcome address.

More than 1,500 freshmen from as far away as Luxembourg, Israel, Kenya, the Philippines, Alaska and across the United States are settled in on Fordham’s three campuses after a successful move-in day on Aug. 29. Throughout the day, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, traveled to each campus to mark this memorable event with animated students and anxious parents, many of whom were dropping off their child at college for the first time.

“You probably all are halfway between pride and panic,” Father McShane told a standing-room-only crowd in Pope Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus. “But I promise all of you, we will take you seriously; we will get to know you; and the faculty here will cherish and challenge you every day.”

The freshman class is filled with dynamic students, each of whom has his or her own unique story. Here’s a look at three who provide a glimpse into the class of 2008:

  • Teresa Baker (FCLC) grew up on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma—her father is full-blooded Cherokee—and takes her heritage seriously. She has sung the National Anthem and participated in a number of Native American cultural events in Washington, D.C. Teresa attended the Democratic National Convention in Boston, where she met Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). A week later a staff member from Sen. Clinton’s office called to offer Teresa an internship.

  • Micaela Connery (FCLC) from West Hartford, Conn., founded a unique program at her high school that partners special education students with class leaders. Unified Theater, which later expanded to include Unified Sports, became so successful in narrowing the divide between special education and traditional students that it was copied at several other Connecticut high schools. A Dean’s Scholar, Micaela is a theater student.

  • Joseph Schneiderman (FCRH), who attended the Kingswood-Oxford School in Bloomfield, Conn., was a published author by age 16. Joseph has had a lifelong fascination with the New York Fire Department, and his book, The Firefighting Buff's Guide to New York City: The Five Borough, Five-Alarm Reference to the Second Homes of New York's Bravest, details his visits to firehouses throughout the city.

Move-In Day Slideshow
Move-In Day Slideshow



By the numbers, this year’s class continues to reflect the increasing quality that’s become the norm at Fordham, with an average SAT score of 1,186, compared to 1,184 last year, and an application acceptance rate of 50 percent. For the 13th consecutive year, applications to the University increased—this time by 10 percent over last year.

— Suzanne Stevens

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