Large incoming class leads to record enrollment at Southwestern

Claren McCormick, a senior from Ponca City, Okla., helps move in a new student’s belongings Wednesday to Cole Hall on the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield. McCormick is an orientation leader and be works with new students in the coming days as they try to get settled on campus and in the community.

Southwestern College freshmen moved to campus Wednesday in Winfield.

Along with transfer students, the college welcomes an incoming class of 253 new Moundbuilders — the fourth-largest incoming class in SC history. The college’s fall enrollment of 615 full-time students is also the largest on record.

“This group brings great spirit and energy with them to our campus,” SC President Brad Andrews said. “It is such a joy to welcome each new student along with their family to campus on move-in day and to know all that is ahead of them here — all of the experiences, relationships and learning. We’re excited, too, for all that they will bring to our Builder family.”

SC freshmen have begun orientation on campus, but will travel as a group to Builder Camp in Quapaw, Okla., to continue orientation and bonding. Freshman Work Day is Sunday, when the class will be split into groups and sent out into the community to complete service projects. Fall sports teams will begin preseason practices on Monday.

The rest of the student body will return by Aug. 16; classes begin on Aug. 19.

The community is invited to share in the excitement of the 92nd Moundbuilding Ceremony on at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Cole Mound Plaza at the bottom of the 77 Steps.

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