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The Class of ’22 arrives on campus

August 22, 2018
First-year students arrive at Park Lot on the University of Rochester's River Campus. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Jillian Breithaupt ’22 was already leaning toward attending the University of Rochester for its stellar linguistics program. But what really sealed the deal was her visit to Rush Rhees Library on a campus tour.

“I was like, ‘Oh, my god. I want to sleep here,’” she says. “It’s so beautiful. The whole campus is, really. I knew I had to come here.”

The Chapel Hill, North Carolina resident was one of nearly 800 first-year College students who moved onto the River Campus on Wednesday. Parents, siblings, and students set up rooms, walked the campus, visited a student expo in Douglass Commons, picked up their IDs in the library, and took in the place that students will call home for the next four years.

The Class of ‘22 includes 1,390 students from 47 states (plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico) and 76 nations. International students and fall student athletes moved in earlier this week. Another 120 first-year students moved in at the Eastman School of Music on Wednesday.

Selim Yahia ‘95S (MBA) was pulling double duty on the River Campus, transporting two sons from New York City. Jean-Christophe Yahia ’21 is entering his sophomore year, while Philippe Yahia ’22 is a first-year student.

“I took a summer course here last year and really enjoyed it,” says Philippe, who plans to major in biomedical engineering. “It’s really the best place I could ask for.”

This is the College’s most select class yet, with 29 percent admitted from more than 20,000 applicants.

The top states represented are New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California. The top nations are China, Vietnam, India, and Mexico.

Students will engage in a variety of orientation activities leading up to the first day of classes next Wednesday, August 29.

In pictures

(University of Rochester photos / J. Adam Fenster)

student stands in front of large letters that read MELIORA

EVER BETTER: Psychology major Lauryn Wilson ’22 of Johnstown, New York, poses with Meliora letters outside Wilson Commons.



large crowd of students standing under a sign that reads CLASS OF 2022

STARTING AT THE BEGINNING: Eastman School of Music students queue up for their ID cards at the Student Living Center.


student carrying a large cello case

GOOD NOTE: Elise Cole ’22 , a cello student from Colorado Springs, Colorado, arrives at the Eastman School campus.


family of three poses for a photo from inside their car

THREE GENERATIONS: From left, Caitlin Quinn ’22, her mother Deborah Jorgensen and grandmother Anita Jorgensen join the families Park Lot waiting to procede to the residence halls. Quinn plans to major in biology.


family waiting in their car

FINDING HER FIT: Adriadne Paulino ’22, left, from the Bronx, New York, waits with her mom, Elisabet Rivera. Paulino plans to major in psychology, adding “I like the flexible curriculum and the beautiful campus. Rochester just fits.”


group of students singing for people waiting in a row of cars

ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING: Student a cappella group Trebellious entertains waiting students with numbers.


student with a pensive look stares out the window of her parked car

DEEP IN THOUGHT: Neuroscience major Callista Zaronias ’22 of Broomfield, Colorado, prepares to move to her new campus home.


large crowd of people and luggage stuffed into an elevator

GOING UP: Engineering student Eric Elias ’22 of Westport, Connecticut, right, gets some help with his belongings from members of the D’Lions student advising group in Susan B. Anthony Hall elevator.


student sits in front of a large blue screen getting theri ID picture taken

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Political Science major Indiia Maring ’22 of Rochester, New York, sits for an ID photo in Rush Rhees Library.


aerial photo of the line of cars snaking around Susan B. Anthony Hall

ROOM WITH A VIEW: The view from atop Susan B. Anthony Hall as first-year students arrive on River Campus.




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