On Tuesday September 6th, Salve Regina University’s full-time college freshmen who make up the Class of 2020 will gather for Convocation, a traditional ceremony to formally welcome them to their new home for the next four years and officially kick-off the 2016-2017 academic year.

The public ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on the lawn of Wakehurst Student Center, Ochre Point Avenue. Dr. James M. Ludes, vice president for public research and initiatives at Salve Regina, and the executive director of the university’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, will present the keynote address.

Here’s a look at Salve Regina University’s Class of 2020, by the numbers;

(Note: Because Salve continues to register new students through September 15th, some numbers may change)

554 – Salve will welcome 554 Freshmen .

68:32 – Female to male ratio of the upcoming class.
5,154 – Number of freshman applications for Class of 2020 was 5,154, a 12 percent increase over last year.

20 – Those Freshmen hail from 20 states and several countries, including El Salvador, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Greece, Belgium, Mongolia and Ecuador.

13 – Rhode Islanders make up 13 percent of Salve Regina’s incoming Class of 2020, included among them is Abby Wasylean, valedictorian from the school just down the street, Rogers High.

Fall 2015 Enrollment- Undergraduate: 2,158. Graduate: 600. Total: 2,758. Students hailed from 35 states and 20 nations.

Tuition & Fees (2015/2016) – Tuition: $36,190. Fees: $550. Room and board: $13,250. Total: $49,990. More than $29 million awarded annually in scholarship and need-based aid. 83 percent of students receive financial aid

Pictured during Convocation in September 2015, Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM, begins her eighth year as president at Salve Regina University.

Remarks will also be offered by Salve Regina President Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM, and Dr. Donald St. Jean, Dean of the Class of 2020 who is associate professor of music. The ceremony will also include the inauguration of Student Government Association officers.

Sister Jane said when she personally welcomes this new class of talented students on Tuesday, she will encourage them to proceed with a spirit of openness during their time here, and to be willing to have their minds and hearts changed and expanded. It may be confusing and uncomfortable, she cautions, but that’s what the university is for.

“I’m humbled to share some thoughts with the class of 2020 as they begin their time at Salve Regina University,” Ludes said, anticipating his keynote address. “They come to the university on the eve of an historic election with the world on the brink of seismic shifts in the role technology plays in our lives and in our economy. Their working lives, the global economy, even the nature of our politics will be shaped by these shifts, and so my plea to students at Salve and everywhere is to get engaged in these debates, to use these years in the academy to think, to learn, and to develop not just a personal ethic, but a public ethic. The kind of world they want to live in will shape the world we become.”

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