New Students Join the Hampton University Family
Hampton University welcomed 1172 students (1032 new students and 140 transfer students) for matriculation in the 2010-2011 school year.
The more than 1,100 new Hamptonians flooded the campus August 27 and 28 moving into Harkness, Virginia Cleveland, Kennedy, James, Moton, Pierce and Twitchell halls and enjoyed Freshman Orientation Week Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
The Class of 2014, has a lot to offer HU, said HU Admission Director Angela Boyd. “These students are some of the best and brightest in the country. Many of them were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.”
The incoming class is 64 percent female, 36 percent male and includes five sets of twins. The class’ top five majors are biology, nursing, journalism and communications, psychology, and business administration (five year MBA program). During Freshman Orientation Week, the new students are welcomed by upper classmen in the Student Leadership Program (SLP) who help them get acclimated to college life, and offer guidance, said HU Director of Freshman Studies Patra Johnson.
“They (SLP) do an awesome job welcoming our new students,” Johnson said. “This year we are teaching our new students cheers, so they can represent the university at our first home volleyball game against Norfolk State University. I have met a number of the new students and they are energized and excited.”
Freshman Joseph Beasley, of Memphis, Tenn., came to the university’s annual High School Day in April, and was convinced that HU was the place for him. High School Day gives a preview of what HU provides academically and culturally, by having representatives from various areas on-hand to answer questions and provide prospective students with information.
“The campus looked better than most campuses, and when I visited the political science department it was on point and everything was in place,” said Beasely, who will major in political science and business.
High School Day was also contributing factor in the descion for HU Freshman Tyler Conner to attend HU, as well. He was partial to HU after hearing about the university from his uncle, Joel Paige ’01, who brought him to the event.
“He really looks up to me and my wife, and we both came here (to HU). He looks at that and sees us as working professionals. I told him about the good times we had here,” said Paige, who is a social worker. His wife, Brandy Paige ’99, is an analyst for Verizon Wireless.
Conner, from Somerville, N.J., said he’s looking forward to, “learning to my best ability,” but he’s also anxious about the good times.
“I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of people, and having fun is always a must,” he said.
Boyd is expecting Conner and his classmates to become involved in the entire HU experience.
“I expect that they will become actively engaged in the HU community, and go on to graduate, and make significant contributions to our society,” she said.
- Leha Byrd