Incoming class boasts near-record numbers

A member of the Ohio Valley Native American Veteran Warrior Society since age 13, John Dunn is a descendant of the of Cherokee, Powhatan and Miami nations. This fall, his diverse perspective will be one of many to enhance Hanover College’s incoming first-year class.

The Louisville, Ky., native will be among a near-record 390 new students who’ll begin classes Sept. 3. The number marks the fourth straight year of increased class size for the College’s first-year group and is just shy of Hanover’s record number of 394 students who entered in 2004.

More than two-thirds of the class hails from Indiana and the group features students from 11 additional states and three continents.

Dunn will be among a group of minority students which represents more than 10 percent of Hanover’s incoming class.

Hanover’s office of admission received a record 3,712 applications. The influx generated more than 2,100 visits to campus, including tours by 341 members of the first-year class.

 “We are thrilled to add another exceptionally strong class to Hanover College,” said Jon Riester, vice president for enrollment management. “We’re also very pleased that this will be such a diverse class in terms of the economic, racial and ethnic and geographic profiles.”

The son of Michael ’78 and Donna Metz-Dunn ’81, Dunn earned Hanover’s Benjamin Templeton Scholarship. The four-year renewable scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and is awarded to just 10 students on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice. He has worked to preserve Native American culture and landmarks in the region, but also helped promote multiculturalism, especially with the African-American community, in Kentucky.

“I grew up with Hanover,” said Dunn. “I have visited campus many times and I just fell in love with it. The campus is small enough that you can get to everything quickly. There is more of a connectedness, more of a (neighborhood) feel.”

The entire group of first-year students will begin their college careers Aug. 26 with The August Experience, a week-long intensive introduction to the nature of liberal learning. The shared experience pulls together common readings, writing, public speaking and collaborative experiences to help integrate new students into collegiate academic and social life.

Hanover has ranked among the top private liberal arts colleges in the nation for more than 10 years. The Princeton Review has named Hanover one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education for the past seven years, while U.S. News and World Report has featured the College among its top institutions for more than a decade.