At Week of Welcome, three studenst gather by BW Strosacker Hall

Participating in an exciting whirlwind of activities, 700 first-year students kicked off the new academic year during Week of Welcome.

Welcome Class of 2021

August 22, 2017

An enthusiastic and impressive group of 700 freshmen are the newest members of the Baldwin Wallace community. With high aspirations, they began their college experience at this year's Week of Welcome, which started Aug. 16 with move-in day.

As a group, they are accomplished, diverse and ready to make their mark both on campus and later in the world. They hail from 28 states and have impressive scholastic achievement, leadership, service and extracurricular involvement.

Among notable statistics, 22 percent represent students of color and 80 students are members of the BW Honors Program. As they join the BW community, they bring a vibrancy to the campus and to the other 3,076 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.



  • Nineteen percent listed the natural sciences, mathematics and computing as their academic interest followed by the humanities at 16 percent. Music was chosen by 14 percent and business by 13 percent. Social sciences was chosen by 10 percent and health, physical education and sport sciences by nine percent. Education and health sciences were cited by five percent and one percent respectively. Thirteen percent were interdisciplinary.

  • More than 135 students were National Honor Society members. Ten qualified for National Merit Semifinalist/Finalist/Commended honors. The median high school grade point average was 3.55.

  • More than 280 students were varsity athletes and 25 were all-star, all-state or all-region in a varsity sport.

  • Nearly 90 individuals were high school marching band members and 184 were music ensemble participants.

  • Approximately 200 students did volunteer or community service.

  • Twenty-five students held an executive position with their high school student council and 21 were a student body or class president.

  • Seventy-two individuals are the first in their family to pursue a four-year degree.

  • Photo of Week of Welcome Move-in Day

    Move-in is a time for families to bond amid the excitement of a much-anticipated college experience.

  • At Week of Welcome, three studenst gather by BW Strosacker Hall

    Meeting new people is one of the many benefits of Week of Welcome.

  • New students gather at Strosacker Hall

    Whether it's during Week of Welcome or mid-year, Strosacker Hall is always a popular gathering place for students.

  • Incoming students cluster to create a giant BW

    First-year students gather to create a giant BW, a Week of Welcome tradition.

  • Student procession to Convocation

    The student procession to Convocation is a celebratory time for the BW community.

  • BW President Robert Helmer welcomes the Class of 2021

    BW President Robert Helmer welcomes the Class of 2021.