The campus was alive with new faces this Friday as the class of 2022 moved into their dorms. This year a record-breaking 18,805 students applied to the University — a 17 percent increase from last year, which held the previous record, according to Matthew Fissinger, assistant vice provost of undergraduate admissions. The freshmen are the largest class in university history, totaling around 1,500 students.

“When I toured here, I really liked the atmosphere and the sense of community. I’m excited to be a part of that and be involved with the school,” Ashley Thi, a freshman finance major, said.

The expansion of LMU and increased notoriety comes with a newly lowered acceptance rate. This year, the rate dropped from the usual 51 or 52 percent to 47 percent, a significant difference in the University’s history. LMU also had to deal with some housing overcrowding to accommodate the increase of students. While last year Sullivan’s doubles were converted to triples, previously, several of the study rooms in the Del Reys have been converted into quad dorms. A new resident commented on the situation:

“I know some of my roommates were a little bit upset about the situation we were in but I think that it worked out fine,” Sydney Thomas, a freshman marketing major said . “We kind of oriented it well. I didn’t know it was going to be a quad, but it is and that’s okay,” added Thomas.

Students the Loyolan talked to believed the advantages outweighed the issues of a large incoming class in the end, with many current students excited over the new possibilities and joyfully welcoming the new Lions.

“The most rewarding thing for me is seeing the energy of all the students coming in because when they start falling in love with the campus, I start falling in love all over again,” ASLMU President Alo Coleman, a senior sociology and Asian and Pacific studies double major, said.

Mackenzie Clark, sophomore film production and Spanish double major, said, “I’m an orientation leader so basically I’ve just been over there, checking them in, giving them the welcome weekend schedule, T-shirts, all that kind of stuff. It’s definitely very busy but it’s fun getting to meet everyone and it feels like everything’s going well.”

Joey Weissig, a freshman engineering major, said, “I moved in a few days ago because of the engineering program my roommate and I are in. It was easy. Well, definitely in the little program PEAK we’ve kind of met each other and we’ve been doing things in L.A. and just interacting— it’s been nice.”

Brenda Quintanilla, ASLMU Vice President and a senior political science and Chicana/o - Latina/o studies double major, said, “It’s really nice to just be here especially as we start our senior year— it’s very reaffirming and just full-circle. It makes me feel really happy to see our new students so excited to come to the Bluff.”

Isabella is a junior political science major from Seattle, Washington and Costa Rica. You can find her playing tennis or eating Asian food.

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