Quincy University announced its 2015-16 enrollment figures and projects its largest incoming class in a decade. A total of 281 freshmen students are enrolled for the Fall 2015 semester with an additional 91 transfer students. The total number of returning students stands at 692. While some students arrived early for athletics, marching band, or other organizations, the majority of first-year students are expected to arrive on Friday, August 14 and upperclassmen on Sunday, August 16.

What The Largest Incoming Class Means

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s incoming class to Quincy University and to welcome back our returning students,” QU President Robert Gervasi said. “This year’s record enrollment figures are a testament to the University’s momentum, the diligent work of our faculty and staff, and QU’s growing reputation for excellence in our community, our region, and beyond.”

Returning students will notice a series of upgrades and renovations to campus since May. The university cafeteria underwent a complete renovation launched by a $2 million investment in November 2014 by Chartwells Dining Services, Quincy University’s food service provider. In addition, the university’s science facilities at North Campus are seeing a series of upgrades including renovated science laboratories. And the Hawks Football team will be returning to a modernized QU Stadium at their home opener on September 19.

In order to meet their fellow classmates and become better acclimated to the campus, incoming first-year students will partake in engaging activities and informational sessions throughout their Welcome Weekend (August 14-16). Activities include the annual Inaugural Ceremony in Pepsi Arena, various residence hall events, and a lively and innovative large-scale meet-and-greet (titled “Hooray!”) on Friday night in the Health and Fitness Center.

On Saturday, first-year students and QU Connect Mentors will attend a day-long retreat at Camp Eastman in Nauvoo, Illinois—a tradition now in its second year. Here, students will be a part of many team-building exercises and challenges as well as recreational events including swimming, archery, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, kayaking, canoeing, Frisbee golf, and volleyball. In addition, students will engage in a service learning opportunity with their fellow classmates.