The beginning of the fall academic semester has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Even after working nearly 30 years on college campuses, I am still energized by the arrival of new students, the return of continuing students, and the opening year preparation by faculty and staff.
I am especially looking forward to welcoming members of the class of 2019. On Thursday, Aug. 20, we are expecting approximately 610 first-year students for the official first-year move-in day. I'm excited to participate in the move-in day tradition with other members of "Team Trinity," as we assist students and their families unload their cars of possessions and "precious cargo" into the residence halls. By all measures of quality, the class of 2019 is smart, engaged, and diverse, including students representing 29 states and 34 countries with nearly 43 percent coming from underrepresented populations.
They will also be the first students to experience the Pathways curriculum, starting with an expanded first-year experience on a topic of enduring significance. The Pathways curriculum is an example of Trinity's commitment to offer the most relevant education for the 21st century. Trinity's new strategic centers, which launched this year and are integral to the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan, also illustrate the University's holistic approach to the experience we provide our students.
One of the new centers is the Student Success Center, which will help students easily identify and benefit from a range of services to improve their overall health and academic success, has brought new expertise to campus. Stacy Davidson has been appointed the new director of academic support, and she brings 27 years' experience in student development and multicultural affairs from a range of institutions. Katherine Hewitt, a health programs master trainer, is the new wellness coordinator and joins the Counseling Services team within the Center.
Tiger pride alert! If you missed the news, Trinity was again named one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, which also listed the Center for the Sciences and Innovation as No. 5 in the Best Science Lab Facilities category. Trinity also made the Forbes.com list of "America's Most Entrepreneurial Colleges," ranking the University eighth in the nation and the only school in Texas to make the top 10.
We should all feel justifiably proud of these recognitions. They reflect decades of diligent leadership, hard work, and generous support by faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and parents that has created Trinity's excellence as one of the most forward thinking universities in the nation. Kimberly and I thank you for the opportunity to start our own Trinity journey and to be part of this remarkable University. Live the #TrinityPride!