More about the Class of 2012

Margaret A. Imber, associate professor of classical and medieval studies, will deliver the 2008 Convocation address.

Also speaking will be President Elaine Tuttle Hansen, who will update the College planning process that began last fall. In addition, Hansen will describe "Nourishing Mind and Body: Bates Contemplates Food," the 2008-09 College-wide initiative focusing on food and food systems.

In "How Not to Fall in Love," her address to the incoming Class of 2012, Imber will tell students how to achieve a great education by suggesting, tongue-in-cheek, ways they might not get a great education.

Although the final numbers are subject to change, some 1,760 students are expected on campus this fall and 154 will be attending Bates-approved programs off campus. New to Bates are 525 first-year students and 20 transfer students, drawn from a record 5,098 applications.

Eighteen percent of the new arrivals are U.S. students from underrepresented minority groups, 6 percent are international students and 5 percent are citizens of both the United States and another country.

New students have residences in 34 states and represent 32 foreign countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam. Almost half of the members of the entering class reside outside of New England. Eleven percent of the new arrivals, and 10 percent of all actively enrolled Bates students, are from Maine.

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