QU announced Thursday it is expecting to welcome 281 freshmen this fall — its largest freshman class since 1996. The university has seen steadily rising freshman classes in recent years, including 278 freshmen in 2011.
"We're extremely pleased to welcome so many new students to our campus again this year," QU President Robert Gervasi said.
In addition, some changes will greet students arriving at QU for the start of the fall semester Monday. Some lecture halls have been updated, the athletic weight room at Padua Hall and the men's volleyball locker rooms have been renovated, and a new television news set has been installed in the QUTV studio.
Some QU students, including athletes on fall sports teams, started arriving on campus earlier this week. Most freshmen will arrive Friday.
An orientation weekend is planned for them. Included among the events is an opportunity for students to provide volunteer service for various not-for-profit agencies in Quincy.