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Tufts Welcomes The Class of 2007

Tufts Welcomes The Class of 2007Class of 2007 Arrives on Campus

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [08.27.03] Arriving in station wagons, mini-vans and rental trucks, thousands of families blanketed Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus on Wednesday morning. For the members of the Class of 2007 - selected from the largest applicant pool in the University's 151-year history - the morning marked the official start of their college careers at Tufts. Hailing from 46 states and territories and 42 different countries around the world, the incoming students were met by hundreds of upper classmen spread across campus to help them unpack their belongings and meet their new classmates, roommates and friends.

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"Members of the class of 2007, welcome to the Hill," Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow told the class of 2007 during his matriculation address -- which filled the academic quad with students, families and friends. "Welcome to the start of what I hope will be four years of extraordinary personal and intellectual growth. Welcome to Tufts!"

The 1,280-member first-year class is a historic one. Culled from a record 14,527 applicants, the new class is one the most selective in ever - and includes students from 46 states and 42 countries.

"One reason why you have come to Tufts is to be exposed to people who are different from you," Bacow said. "We value and embrace diversity because we learn from our differences. Too often we take much for granted about our own view of the world. It is only when we confront others who see the world through different eyes that we come to understand our own assumptions, biases, and expectations.

Members of the freshman class also share a lot in common. Roughly 62 percent of the incoming class plan to participate in volunteer or community service - the most frequent first choice activity. The top three academic interests for the class are international relations, biology, and economics.

More than two-thirds of the first-years plan to study abroad their junior year - 78 percent of them already have their passports.

Tufts' faculty, donned in formal robes for the Matriculation Ceremony, joined in welcoming the entering students - many of whom were at the top of their high school classes.

"I speak for the entire faculty and staff of this great university when I say we are delighted to have you join this special community and to take your place on the Hill," Bacow said. "We look forward to getting to know you, to teaching you, to learning from you and with you. May your next four years be filled with challenge, opportunity, growth, and fulfillment."

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