Hundreds of new students and their families converged on Point Loma Nazarene University Friday for New Student Orientation (NSO).
NSO, which began Friday, ushered in the 609 students who will make up the class of 2016. The orientation lasts for three days and includes welcome and special events, a resource fair, and registration for the upcoming semester.
The incoming class boasts the unofficial title of “smartest [PLNU] class yet,” according to Shannon Hutchinson, associate director of undergraduate admissions. The class comes to PLNU with an average GPA of 3.75 and SAT of nearly 580 on each section. Over 35 percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
Each fall, NSO welcomes new PLNU students to campus in a flood of enthusiasm. New students and their families arrive on campus to cheers, handshakes, and warm cookies. When they pull up at their residence halls, they need not lift a finger as a flood of current PLNU students rains on newcomers to welcome them, unload luggage and furniture, and haul it up to their residence hall rooms.
NSO will continue through the weekend. Classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28.