Nearly 600 first-year students have arrived on campus at Trinity College, beginning the college's 194th academic year.
Under the elm trees on the Trinity quadrangle last week, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney welcomed 585 students, along with faculty members in full regalia.
"Make sure to take intellectual risks — take a new subject, engage with a new idea," she said. "Take a risk because it may change your mind. Take a risk because it may change your heart."
Angel B. Perez, vice president for enrollment and student success, told students they should be proud to be here. "You were literally handpicked during one of the college's most selective years in our history. I want you to think about it this way — 67 percent of the people who applied to be sitting where you are today were turned away. But instead, we chose you."
Noting that admissions officers read their applications two or three times and discussed them with an admissions committee up to five times, Perez said, "So please do not take this honor lightly. You have a duty and a responsibility to live up to the extraordinary potential Trinity saw in you."
He said the class has the greatest geographic diversity in Trinity history with the majority of students from outside New England, but also a record number of students from Hartford.
"My suggestion would be to find them this week and become their new best friends," Perez said, "because they know where the best sports are in Hartford!"