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Look Out! The Class of 2013 is big, bold and beautiful


Last fall, while the world economy tanked, admission staff members at colleges and universities around the United States prepared for the possibility that this year’s first-year classes could be much smaller than average.

“All schools went into that period not knowing what the future would hold,” says Jane Nordhorn, director of recruitment at St. Catherine University and an experienced administrator in college and university admission offices. “There was a lot of mystery and stress involved. You can accept students to your university, the saying goes, but you never know if they are actually going to come.”

Then, by late spring, deposits started arriving at the admission office in Derham Hall. It turns out that students are coming to St. Kate’s — in droves.

Class of 2013
  • Number of students in first-year class: 408
  • First languages, other than English: Chinese-Mandarin, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish
  • National Honor Society members: 68
  • Mom/grandmother is a Katie: 31
  • Member of a high school sports team: 267 (55 were captains)
  • Participated in high school newspaper: 20
  • Active in student government: 81

This year’s first-year undergraduate class is the largest since 1981, with young women coming from all over the country, bearing a wide variety of gifts — academic, social, athletic and creative.

“The admission office worked very hard to attract such an exciting group of young female leaders, many of whom spent their high school years involved in sports, volunteering and student government,” Nordhorn says. “We’re thrilled to have a vibrant and busy campus this fall.”

A record number of first-years are living on campus this fall as well, so many that about 40 incoming students were offered the opportunity to live in Rauenhorst, one of the newer residence halls on the St. Paul campus designed for upper-class students.

Erin Coughlin, a first-year student from New Richmond, Wisconsin, is one such Katie. The Hill-Murray School graduate lugged some of her possessions into her Rauenhorst suite in late August, a few days ahead of her three roommates. She let SCAN document some of her possessions — and explain what they say about the unique gifts she brings to St. Kate’s.


What does it take to fill a dorm room?
First-year student Erin Coughlin '11 shows us.