This year’s freshman class at the State University College at Oneonta will be arriving Sunday.
“We have an exceptionally talented and diverse freshmen class,” said associate vice president for enrollment management at SUNY Oneonta Roger Sullivan.
Sullivan said this year’s freshman class will have approximately 1,100 students, out of an applicant pool of over 12,000.
The high-school average for an average student from this class is over 91 percent. The average combined SAT scores on the math and critical reading portions of the SAT for an average student from this class is 1130.
“This is one of our most selective years,” said Sullivan, adding that SUNY Oneonta has been highly selective for over a decade, and that it has had over 12,000 applicants a year since 2007.
In this freshman class, 95 percent are from New York, with 10 to 15 percent from local communities. Of the other 5 percent, about half are from contiguous states, and most of the rest are from foreign countries.
This year’s freshman class includes 28 students from Otsego County, 10 from Chenango County and eight from Delaware County.
The freshmen class at Hartwick College will be arriving Aug. 29.
The colleges aren’t the only organizations preparing for the students’ arrival. Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor said he enjoys it when the students return.
“I like when the students come back, this is a college town,” said Nayor. “The majority of students are good kids.” Nevertheless, Nayor said his department will be taking precautions.
“We try to increase our staffing for the weekends,” he said, “have more officers available.”
Nayor also talked about how his department took care to establish a firm position on offenses such as underage drinking, public fighting and littering during this period.
“We try to take a tight stance on the quality of life violations early,” he said.
Nayor said the police have a good relationship with the colleges, and they send out a brochure to students detailing how they can avoid getting into trouble.
He also said his department meets with the bar owners every year, and informs them they will be held responsible for any violations.
“We’re as prepared as we can be,” he said, “and we hope for a good safe year for everyone.”