Misericordia Univ. Welcomes Largest Freshmen Class In Campus History

Misericordia University freshmen Alison and Alyssa Machey, twin sisters from McAdoo, had help from upperclassmen Jasmine  Mae Busi, and Johnna Miller, Wapwallopen, processing their housing paperwork during Move-in Day 2013. The sisters say they were attracted to the campus because of the positive experiences of their older sister, Amanda, a senior in the health care management program who plans to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Misericordia welcomed 430 freshmen, the second largest first-year class in the 89-year history of the institution of higher education, and 129 new transfer students. With the new class, the University will have a record 3,058 undergraduate and graduate students in full-and part-time academic programs for the fall semester.

The freshman class hails from 13 states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, plus Washington, D. C. There is also one international student.

The university has 1,053 students living in residence halls and townhomes on the upper and lower campuses. The residence facilities include the new 111 Lake Street Residence Hall, a repurposed former private residence that is home to 18 upperclassmen.

A contingent of staff, faculty, students, and alumni were on hand to assist with the move-in process. The event-filled day included an academic convocation marking the official beginning of the freshman year. The program included a welcome by Thomas J. Botzman, Ph. D., who became Misericordia’s 13th president on July 1, 2013, and a speech by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, a 1988 Misericordia graduate.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu.Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.