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Mount St. Mary’s Enrolls Second Largest Number of Undergraduates Ever

Donna Klinger

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Provost Boyd Creasman provides tips for academic success during the 2021 Convocation ceremony on August 23.

The 2021-22 academic year is off to a successful start at Mount St. Mary’s University, with traditional face-to-face learning and student housing returning to a near-normal status. A near record number of undergraduates are taking classes at the Emmitsburg campus this fall, with 1,887 full-time students enrolled in classes that started Monday, August 23. That figure was 1,899 in 2020-21.

The 538-strong Class of 2025 is the fourth largest in Mount St. Mary’s 213-year history. The Mount also attracted 58 transfer students, the largest number ever. First-year students came to the university from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as 13 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Australia. Thirty percent speak more than one language, including Korean, German, Telugu, Urdu and Yoruba, and 42 percent identify as students of color. 

“The beginning of the academic year is among my favorite times at the Mount,” said President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “The Mount’s welcoming culture is on full display as everyone pitches in to help students move in and feel that they belong. Faculty are excited to get to know students and help them excel, and students are eager to learn.”

At Convocation on Monday morning, Provost Boyd Creasman gave students 10 tips for success in the classroom, including the advice to work hard. “Try hard.  If you are putting a lot of effort into your work, your professors will notice,” Creasman said.  “If you try hard and participate in class, you are not a geek.  You are a responsible adult with a much better chance of earning an A.” The event also included a traditional pining ceremony for the Class of 2022.

Twenty-nine upper-class students moved into new residential housing over the weekend. The new 29-bed two-story residential cottage, built by JEM Group, LLC, is located on Alumni Court. The university also renovated Horning Tower apartments over the summer, completing a project to renovate the three-building Tower apartment complex that began in the summer of 2018.

The health and safety of the Mount community and student success remain the university’s highest priorities. Health and illness prevention requirements for the fall semester include COVID-19 testing, prevention measures, isolation and contact tracing.

More than 90% of students in Emmitsburg are vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who have received an exemption from the vaccination requirement are regularly undergoing COVID-19 testing. Employees who are not vaccinated also are being tested regularly. More than 87% of employees have been vaccinated to date.

Visit the Mount Safe Initiative page for full details on the Mount’s health and risk reduction policies for the fall.

Donna Klinger