Piedmont freshman gathered on the Quad Sunday during the first day of new student orientation at the campus in Demorest. The college is expecting its largest freshman class ever, some 225 students, as the fall semester gets under way. Dean of Students Affairs Drew Davis said the college also will have a record 520 students living on campus, the first time that number has gone above 500. Final total enrollment numbers will not be available until after classes begin on Aug. 11.
Meanwhile, freshmen began moving in to the dorms on Aug. 7 in preparation for a week’s worth of college orientation sessions. They attended team-building exercises at the Athens Y Camp in Turnerville, and also attended health and alcohol awareness seminars, and “Introduction to College Life” classes. The group had time for some fun with a cookout sponsored by Piedmont alumni and trips to the movies and to a Gwinnett Braves game.