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University of Cumberlands to have largest freshman class since 1992


Part of the fun, getting-to-know-you activities during new student orientation at University of the Cumberlands this summer included creating a human knot.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The largest freshman class since 1992 has recently completed the second summer orientation at University of the Cumberlands.

To date, 421 incoming freshmen representing twenty-four states have participated in summer orientation. The University is also expecting a significant increase in its international student population this fall.


Dr. Jeff Smoak (left), chairman of the music department at University of the Cumberlands, reads questions regarding campus life for the fun game Cumberland Squares, based on Hollywood Squares, during new student orientation.

“Not only are these students strong academically, they are incredibly talented, motivated and offer a wide range of perspectives and experiences,” said Erica Harris, director of admissions. “They want to make a difference in the world. We are very excited to welcome this class!”

The new student orientation is designed to accomplish multiple purposes within a relatively short period of time. Students and their parents are given an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and students from the campus, with significant information presented in various formats. This program is believed to strengthen connections between the incoming students, their parents and the University.

“I learned quite a few things,” said incoming freshman Brett Blankenship from Jamestown. “I’m learning what college life will be like, and already got my first assignment.” Brett is referring to writing an individual personal mission statement, due the first day of school. This assignment is part of INSIGHTS, an award winning program developed by the University to help new students with their adjustment to college life.

INSIGHTS is the very first class freshmen attend. They meet with a “teaching team” composed of a faculty member, called a STRIPE, and two students, called STARS, who will serve as mentors to the class throughout the year.

“The STARS are really helpful,” said incoming freshman Alyssa Burke of Corbin. “[New student orientation] is preparing you for your future by encouraging you to come out of your shell.”

“During new student orientation, students participate in various in-class activities, make lots of new friends, and take the first steps on what we believe will be one of the most important journeys of their lives,” said Linda Carter, dean of student life. “Our goal is to give them a good start on their way and assist them in being as successful as possible. We also work very hard to see that have a good time doing so.”