Suitcases, storage bins and freshmen teeming with excitement flooded into the College of Saint Elizabeth for move-in day.
The class of 2021 is the second coeducational undergraduate class in the history of the 117-year-old institution.
Freshmen come from every corner of New Jersey, towns in Alabama, California, Florida, New York, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, as well as emigrants from Japan.
Of the 171 first-time freshmen, almost half of whom are young men, many are committed to playing sports for the College this year.
“As freshmen moved into their residence halls and attended orientation activities, we had a chance to hear their goals and aspirations, and tell them they have entered a very special community – the College of Saint Elizabeth, where goals become reality,” says Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of CSE. “We believe deeply in diversity and being a community that is a safe and a welcoming place of learning. In this academic year, we will continue our commitment to inclusive education for all students.”
Students are eagerly anticipating the start of the semester.
“I’m excited to start studying in the criminal justice program, doing internships and hopefully joining CSE Promise,” says Tamorah Moon of Bridgeton, N.J.
CSE Promise is a rigorous program that guarantees eligible students the opportunity to apply for a paid six-month internship should they fail to receive either a full-time job offer or graduate school admission within six months after their graduation.
Other students look forward to forging friendships with classmates and growing as individuals.
Cameron Williams, of Ridgefield Park, N.J, is excited “to create new relationships and reach [his] goals” this semester.
Nikiah Lane, a basketball recruit from Swedesboro, N.J., can’t wait to have a full college experience.
“I feel honored to be part of the second co-educational class at CSE,” says Lane. “I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and getting the right education.”
The College has offered coeducational continuing studies and graduate classes on campus since the 1970’s. The decision to open the traditional undergraduate program to men was made in June 2015 by the College’s Board of Trustees.
Over the summer, residence halls were updated and a new academic support space was designed in Mahoney Library. New undergraduate programs to begin this fall include: computer software engineering, sport management and marketing, and social work.
Several new graduate programs will begin this fall as well. The new doctoral track in higher education, Ed.D., will focus on preparing leaders for the academe; and master’s programs will begin in applied behavior analysis, data analytics, public health, and social media management and design.
*Number as of end of the day on 8/23/17.
Mary Colleen Robinson is on the staff of the College of Saint Elizabeth.