The College of Saint Rose has welcomed the Class of 2020, the largest first-year class in the College’s nearly 100-year history.
This number surpasses the previous largest class record, set in 2010, and also set a new record high for applications for admission to Saint Rose with more than 7,000 applications.
Saint Rose President Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco said she expects the Class of 2020 will continue to stand out in several other ways.
“This new class is the largest, most diverse in our history and many are like me: the first in their families to attend college,” she said, noting that first-generation college students represent 34 percent of the Class of 2020, and Saint Rose has taken steps to encourage, mentor, and advise first-generation students to ensure that they have the same chance to succeed as those with college-educated parents and siblings.
The class is also among the College’s most ethnically diverse, at 42 percent, and geographically diverse, with students from 25 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, Saint Rose enrolls students from 55 countries and 36 states.
Saint Rose continues to extend its reach internationally this year, welcoming new undergraduate and graduate students from 16 countries, including Afghanistan, Bermuda, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, India, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, and Zimbabwe.
Top majors chosen by the Class of 2020 include Biology, Business Administration, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, Management, Music Industry, and Psychology.
“In addition, it is the class of our centennial year,” said Stefanco. “I am immensely proud to welcome these new students from across the country and around the world who are talented, filled with passion, and excited to be here.”
Held at the historic Algonquin Club, a private social club founded in 1886 and housed in a Beaux-Arts building on Commonwealth Avenue, the event welcomed alumni from the Classes of 1959 to 2016.
Later, Trustee George R. Hearst III and President Stefanco hosted an Alumni and Friends Reception at the iconic Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Guests were invited to the world headquarters of the Hearst Corporation—one of the nation’s largest diversified media companies—to connect with new colleagues and reconnect with old friends, but also to view the College’s new strategic plan and growth strategy to expand Saint Rose’s national and global presence.
At both events, prospective students for the Class of 2021 and their parents were able to make conversation and connections with alumni of several college programs, an aspect of alumni programming that is proving effective in illustrating why so many different people call Saint Rose “Home.”
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It is not easy to land an Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Keri Robinson was among 330 scholars who applied in 2014 for the chance to study the CDC’s responses to malaria and other infectious diseases and then apply the training in a public health lab. She was one of five selected for the one-year fellowship—and the only one without a graduate education.
Robinson, who had long eyed a career with the CDC, was ready. Her education in the labs and classrooms of Saint Rose and her internship and summer positions at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany were as good as an advanced degree. “I was able to jump right in, be independent and not need my supervisor for a lot of the work,” said Robinson, who was assigned to help Washington state prepare for Ebola and other infectious diseases by developing and then training staff on new tests. “I had the scientific knowledge and I also knew what to expect in terms of procedures and protocol.”
The road to the fellowship began in Robinson’s sophomore year, when her biology professors told her about it. She excelled in her classes, presented research at two undergraduate research symposiums, created a “Speed Science” networking event and volunteered at the Albany Damien Center. She earned the Biology Department’s service award for two years. Robinson applied to graduate schools—and was admitted—in case the fellowship didn’t pan out.
It did. After completing it, she was hired permanently with the CDC’s Center for Global Health, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. She travels to Tanzania, Haiti, and other developing countries to train health officials to respond to tropical infectious diseases that do not have to claim lives. It is precisely what she wanted to do. “I am super grateful to Saint Rose,” she said. “It was the professors who knew what I wanted and got me there.”