Message from the President
Class of 2016
In a few weeks we welcome to campus the Class of 2016 – 1,280 students strong. Bright, engaged and diverse, the freshmen class holds an average GPA of 3.64, and their SAT and ACT test scores place in the top 15% of the national average. This year we saw an admissions rate of 51%, which has become increasingly selective over the last several years. Our first-year students come with impressive portfolios of community service, leadership experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and myriad other gifts that will enrich the community on campus and beyond. From neighborhoods right here in Silicon Valley to the far reaches of the globe, our students bring diversity of culture, ethnicity, race and religious tradition. 46% of the class identify themselves as students of color, and 2% of the class hail from countries other than the United States. The top five countries represented by our international freshmen are China, the Philippines, India, Taiwan and Singapore. Joining the freshmen class will be 157 transfer students who will add vitality and new perspectives. Diversity in our student body opens up opportunity for dialogue, and as you know, dialogue is critical to the kind of education we offer our students – an education of the whole person that prepares students with knowledge, ethical integrity, and compassion.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Soon after our students arrive, we will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on October 3. This special liturgy continues the centuries-old tradition among Catholic colleges and universities of calling upon the Spirit of God to inspire our works, activities and studies throughout the academic year. Our celebration reminds us that we are under the care of the Holy Spirit and reaffirms who we are as an institution. Our alumni are invited to join us for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at noon in the Mission Church on October 3.
Also in October is the biggest alumni event of the year, Grand Reunion Weekend. Let me take this opportunity to encourage you to attend the weekend on October 11-14 and reconnect with classmates and friends on campus. The weekend kicks off with the President’s Speaker Series on Thursday evening with author Reza Aslan ’95. Throughout the weekend, our Alumni Office has organized a whole host of events for our alumni to get reacquainted with the University and the new initiatives under way on campus. I hope to see you there!