Back To School: King’s, Misericordia Welcome Freshman Classes
King’s College and Misericordia University welcomed their new students Thursday.
At total of 667 new students are enrolled at King’s this school year. It’s the second highest number of incoming students at King’s, spokesman John McAndrew said, noting last year had the highest.
412 first-year students and 72 transfer students. The university has 960 students living in residence halls and townhomes on the Dallas campus.
This year will be the first year of the 1-2-1 nursing program at King’s with Luzerne County Community College, and 25 students are enrolled, McAndrew said. The first and fourth years are at King’s, and the second and third years are at LCCC.
This year is also the first year for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is for adult nurses already working in the field as registered nurses, McAndrew said.
Misericordia has several new infrastructure projects on campus for the new school year and is beginning the second phase of the Lake Street sidewalk project. The finished projects included new roadways, parking areas, storm-water management improvements, sidewalks, pathway lighting, tree plantings and landscaped areas.
The north parking lot was expanded toward the Anderson Softball Field and connected to an expanded parking lot behind Mercy Hall by a two-way roadway. The Founders Circle in front of Mercy Hall underwent minor changes to improve traffic flow on campus.
A lot with 18 parking spaces was constructed at the side entrance of Mercy Hall next to the Campus Safety Office. The new lot will replace spaces that will be lost when Baggot Street is removed at the end of the construction project for the Henry Science Hall.
When the Henry Science Center is completed, the existing roadway will be converted to a sidewalk from the front of the existing science hall to the end of Alumnae Hall.
King’s is continuing to work on three facility projects in Wilkes-Barre. The North Street church project to house campus ministry offices and a meeting and entertainment venue should be finished in a year.
The college is remodeling the former Spring Brook building at 28-30 N. Franklin St. for mechanical and electrical engineering programs, and that should be done in a year. King’s is also working on the former Times Leader building at 15 N. Main St. to house the college’s Allied Services department.
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— 598 first year students.
— 69 transfer students.
— Includes students from 16 states in the U.S. and five nations.
— Most popular major for new students: physician assistant, engineering, accounting, management and criminal justice.
— 412 first-year students.
— 72 transfer students.
— Includes students from 9 states in the U.S.
— Largest majors for the first-year students in order: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; five-year, entry-level Master of Science in occupational therapy; and Bachelor of Science in nursing program.