More than 19,200 would-be Pirates completed applications for the Class of 2022, making this the third year in a row that Seton Hall has broken the record for student applicants — surpassing last year's record by nearly 2,500 students or 15%.
Last year's record had bested the year prior's record number of applicants by more than 1,000 students or nearly 9%. Over the last three years the number of applicants to Seton Hall has risen approximately 30%.
Of those 19,000-plus applicants, more than 1,500 freshmen are registered and set to begin classes. That makes for the largest undergraduate class in Seton Hall history — with the former record being set just last year with 1,461 students entering for the class of 2021. That class had set the record by beating the class that graduated in 2017, a few months before the class of 2021 entered.
In addition to a record-breaking number of applicants and students, the largest class in Seton Hall's history has continued the trend of rising academic achievement. The class of 2022 has the highest average SAT score in Seton Hall history – 1230, up 15 points from last year.
"Seton Hall's academic reputation continues to grow. And for this reason, we are attracting increasing numbers of stellar students from across the country," said Vice President for Enrollment Management Alyssa McCloud. "Our students have access to amazing internship opportunities and hands-on learning experiences that truly set our students apart and allow them to achieve unimaginable success. I am so proud of the University and our students, whose remarkable achievements and outcomes enable us to share the story of Seton Hall and continue to attract more great minds to our community."
While sustaining academic excellence in its incoming class, Seton Hall also has held its commitment to diversity in all forms and its identity as a university of opportunity: 26% of all incoming students are Pell eligible; 45% identify as students of color; and 39% of all students come from out of state. In addition, 26% are the first generation of their families to attend college.
Meet Some of the Newest Pirates
Troy Burgess from Athens, Ga., is a marketing and computer information systems major in the Stillman School of Business. He heard about Seton Hall after receiving admissions materials in the mail, and upon looking into the University, found it a better fit than his previous choices. Because he wants to work in cybersecurity and incorporate marketing into his work as well, Stillman was perfect. Burgess and his family created a road trip out of the drive to Move-in Day, visiting family and friends along the way.
Roomates Abby Quiles and Ellie Howe
Ellie Howe is from Minnesota and plans to major in biology or chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences to prepare for a career in medicine. Drawn to Seton Hall because of its small size – compared to many of the schools available to her in her home state – and its partnership with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall. Howe is most excited to experience living in a new state and meeting her new classmates. Although only here a few days, she has already embraced the East Coast — travelling into New York City for sightseeing with her family and enjoying her first cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.
Abby Quiles from Haddonfield, N.J., is a nursing major who cannot wait to begin her clinical courses at the new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Nutley/Clifton. Quiles has always been interested in a career in medicine and identified nursing as the most rewarding career opportunity for her. Quiles is looking forward to diving into student activities and hopes to go through Panhellenic recruitment in the Spring.
Joseph Cammaroto and Jacob Ford
Joseph Cammaroto is from Wayne, N.J., and is a communications major in the College of Communication and the Arts. Cammaroto is very interested in sports radio and hopes to one day be on-air talent on a sports talk show. Cammaroto's motivation for choosing Seton Hall was twofold: he was excited about the opportunity to get involved with WSOU, Seton Hall's award-winning radio station; and he is a legacy. Cammaroto's parents both attended Seton Hall Law School and his grandfather attended Seton Hall as an undergraduate and then law school.
Jacob Ford is from Oakland, N.J., and is a creative writing major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ford aspires to be either an author of novels or a writer for television and movies. Aside from creative writing, Ford is also interested in music and history and is looking forward to taking courses on those topics. "I would encourage all future Pirates to focus on making connections with classmates and professors on day one. Four years can become a very short amount of time and it’s important to make the most of it."
Kelly Ann Murphy and Pooja Bhate
Roommates Pooja Bhate from Edison, N.J., and Kellyanne Murphy of Salisbury Mills, N.Y., are excited to be attending the University as honors biology majors in the Joint B.S./M.D. program. Bhate is considering psychiatry but wants to explore numerous fields and participate in many college experiences as well as volunteer opportunities. Her life goal is "being able to put a smile on someone's face." Murphy plans to follow her father's career path and become a dermatologist. "I do like science and helping people is what I find rewarding in my life."
Jonathan Jack Lester
Jonathan "Jack" Lester from Syracuse, N.Y., is an honors student in the dual-degree B.A./M.A. program in diplomacy with a focus on international relations. He also plans to double major in criminal justice, as he considers a career in Homeland Security. His suggestion to his peers: "Don't be afraid of new challenges. Your place is to grow and be part of new life." He hopes to also be active in the Slavic Club and to try out as a walk-on player for men's baseball. Sending her youngest off to college, Michelle, his mom, said, "Seton Hall is a great place. From Dean Sanjamino to Coach Sheppard to Father John, every time we've been here, people have greeted us time and time again with such friendliness."
Allison Lamoureux is a nursing major from California. After learning about Seton Hall from a college fair, she visited and found that the professors and students were all quite passionate about the University, which inspired her to apply. She is looking forward to her nursing courses and, after seeing the environment firsthand through a work experience program in high school, hopes to work in a hospital.
Madelyn and Meredith Elliott
Meredith and Madelyn Elliott are identical twins from Northeast Philadelphia. Meredith is studying biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She hopes to go into sports medicine or be a physician assistant. Her sister, Madelyn, is pursuing a dual B.S./M.S. degree in occupational therapy. Meredith explored the top 25 places to study to be a PA and discovered Seton Hall. She begged her parents to let her come visit; they agreed and her sister tagged along. The sisters didn't plan to go to the same school, but it turned out that Seton Hall had everything that Madelyn wanted as well— including a strong sense of servant leadership. Both women are interested in joining intramural volleyball as well as volunteer work.
Nick Filardo is from New Fairfield, Conn., and is majoring in finance at the Stillman School of Business. He hopes to study sport management and one day manage a sports team's finances. While on campus, he is looking to get involved with intramural flag football. The Seton Hall campus and atmosphere attracted him "five times more than the state school they visited." Coming from a Catholic family, the beauty of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was also appealing. Filardo says he definitely plans to go to church on Sundays — to which his mom said, "His Nana will be happy."
Veronica Gail is from Wayne, N.J., studying visual and sound media in the College of Communication and the Arts. She is a legacy student, taking after her grandfather in choosing to attend Seton Hall. Gail is excited to gain experience by working with Pirate TV and hopes to involve herself in theater clubs.
Justin Cunha from Metuchen, N.J., is a criminal justice major with aspirations to continue his studies in law school. He comes to campus ready and excited to get to know new people and find his place in the many clubs that will be featured at the upcoming involvement fair. He noted his interest in fraternities and various social events he knows he will have the opportunity to enjoy on campus.
Allison Gennette and Daria Saxton
Allison Gennette is from Malibu, Calif., and is majoring in management at the Stillman School of Business. Gennette is a leadership student with the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development
Daria Saxton is from Forked River, N.J., and is majoring in sport management at the Stillman School of Business. Saxton is continuing her family legacy of attending Seton Hall, joining both her uncle and cousin who graduated in years past. Eager to put to work the lessons that she learns from the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development
Jarrett Dang and Luke Schreder
Honors students and Eagle Scouts Luke Schreder from Belleville, Ill., and Jarrett Dang from Diamond Bar, Calif., are looking forward to attending the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. "Creating and coming up with collaborative solutions inspired me to pursue a career in diplomacy and no other school I could find had a diplomacy program comparable to Seton Hall," said Schreder, who is interested in the Middle East, Conflict Resolution and UN Studies. Attending Catholic schools from grade school through high school, he added, "I like it here; I like the kinship between the ideas of servant leadership at present on campus." Roommate Dang plans to focus on Africa and advised, "College is what you make of it. All that is happening around the world inspires the potential for change and really has inspired me." He noted that another advantage of attending the University's diplomacy program, was the school's location — just 30 minutes from New York City, the United Nations and many NGOs.
Joe Lombardi is from West Caldwell, N.J., and is, now, a nursing major. Originally admitted for accounting, Lombardi chose to change to nursing after visiting the IHS campus and experiencing the hands-on learning tools he will have access to as a nursing student. Lombardi plans to apply for an on-campus job in the Spring as well as get involved with Seton Hall Theater, a co-curricular activity of the College of Communication and the Arts.
Shania Vincent is from Dumont, N.J., and has begun the six-year dual degree program for which she will receive a B.S. in diplomacy and a J.D. in law. Her decision to pursue diplomacy was influenced by her parents who are from Trinidad — hearing their stories pushed her to seek opportunities to help people internationally.
Rachel "Ray" Stanton from Saddle Brook, N.J., and is studying biology. Stanton is leaning toward studying medicine or veterinary science. Seton Hall's strong language program also attracted her as she plans to study Japanese. She participated in Project Acceleration at her high school, Paramus Catholic, which earned her valuable college credits which have transferred to the University.
Patlene Denis is from Lansdowne, Pa., and is majoring in psychology, hoping to attend medical school someday. She chose Seton Hall because it had the best psychology program of all the schools she explored. In her mind, it was the "nice campus energy and vibe I received on the campus tour that sealed the deal." She is interested in intramural basketball and looking into the speech and debate team. Originally from Haiti, the family has been here eight years. A religious family, mom Alene said that "God told her to send her daughter here to Seton Hall."
Kathrine Farrell is from Sudbury, just outside of Boston, and is majoring in psychology with the career goal of being a school counselor. Her older brother Conor is a junior here in the Stillman School of Business. When Kathrine visited him during his freshman year, she went to a basketball game and knew she had to come to Seton Hall. "I loved the school spirit and the big-school feel, even though the campus is not too big or too small. It's the perfect size and just far enough from home," she said.
Her brother Conor is excited that they'll have a few years of college together. He says one piece of wisdom he would impart to his sister is to get involved on campus. "The best thing I have ever done is get involved here. I am a peer advisor and while it was a lot of work, it was a good experience meeting so many people."
Parents Kevin and Beth Farrell have school spirit as well. They have hosted send-off receptions at their house for students coming to Seton Hall from central New England. Over the past two years, they have hosted 18 students at these events. Both parents feel that "Since we aren't close to campus, we wanted to find an alternative way to be involved and volunteer our time."