FDU welcomes the Class of 2017!
Story by Catherine Krawiec
Infographic by Alexandra Cappuccilli
The 2017 class at Fairleigh Dickinson University is off to a good start on both New Jersey campuses. This year’s freshman class consists of 1,126 new students in two-year and four-year undergraduate programs.
FDU’s Class of 2017 comes from a diverse applicant pool: The University received 11,060 applications for freshman undergraduate admissions. Applicants came from 44 states throughout the U.S. and 42 countries around the world. FDU admitted more than 6,000 students for this fall semester. New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are the top three states that students come from.
For Pine Beach, N.J. native and Class of 2017 member, Noelle Shirey, the proximity to Manhattan was a selling point. “FDU was a good distance from New York City and from my house in Pine Beach, N.J. My mom wouldn’t be up every weekend to visit, but I have the ability to go home whenever I need.”
Besides FDU’s location, Shirey, says she chose FDU because she “wanted a smaller school and the size of FDU was perfect. I fell in love with the campus; everyone is so helpful and welcoming. I just felt at home.”
For Carly Cheponis, a freshman from Bethlehem Township, N.J. at the Metropolitan Campus, her choice to attend FDU was based on academics. The Metro Campus offers her major, arts management. Cheponis also concurred with Shirey that the closeness of New York City was a major factor in choosing FDU. With her degree, Cheponis hopes to become a curator in a museum either here in the United States or abroad.
Shirey on the other hand, loves Disney and hopes to have a career at Walt Disney World. “My dream job is to be Cinderella in Walt Disney World,” she says, “but in reality, I want to be an actuary for Walt Disney World.” To achieve this goal, she is majoring in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science.
Shirey has also already met with professors and administrators in the math department who have been helpful and encouraging of her aspirations.
Both students will be involved at FDU outside of the classroom, too. Shirey plays for the Devils field hockey and lacrosse teams, and plans to join the Student Government Association. At the Metropolitan Campus, Cheponis wants to get involved with the Sands of Time group. “It seems like an organization that will really broaden my horizons and make me think about certain things on a deeper level,” she says.
This group of bright men and women are off to a great start at both FDU campuses. It will only be a short time before they are getting their diplomas and heading into the real world. Good luck!