Aug. 21, 2012 — The first day of classes for Morehead State University’s largest freshman class in the school’s 125-year history began Monday, Aug. 20.
According to Jeffrey Liles, assistant vice president for enrollment services, the campus and community welcomed a class of more than 1,650 first-time freshman students on Friday, Aug. 17.
“Obviously, this is a very proud moment,” said President Wayne D. Andrews. “We knew the 125th Anniversary would be a special year for us; we just didn’t know how special it would become. The Class of 2016 is now part of MSU history.”
By many measures, 2012 has already been an historic year. Kenneth Faried (Class of 2011) of the Denver Nuggets was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Steve Kazee (Class of 2002) won a Tony for his role in the Broadway musical “Once.” MSU Space Science Staff and students delivered a Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite for launch with NASA. Kentucky’s Sean Woods, a member of the Unforgettables, was hired as the head coach of men’s basketball.
The record-breaking freshman class is making its own kind of history. In the fall of 2011, the University had a freshman enrollment of 1,372 students compared to 1,180 in 2010.
Morehead State saw total enrollments of 9,046 in 2009 and 8,842 in 2010. MSU had its largest total head count in history last fall when 10,971 students enrolled on campus, online, at its regional campuses and at 38 area high schools participating in the “Early College” program.
“We’re making some adjustments in the ‘Early College’ program, and classes we previously offered at Jackson were shifted to the University Center of the Mountains in Hazard,” Liles said. “It is too early to tell if total fall enrollment will hit a new mark.”
“There are great things happening at MSU,” said President Andrews. “Watch for much more to come.”