The arrival of the Class of 2004
sign of the arrival of the Class of 2004 was the heavy rain and sporadic
traffic through Lesesne
Gate which began at 7 a.m.
on Saturday, August 19. By 12:30 the incoming class, some 650 students,
had checked in, changed into their new PT (physical training) uniforms,
eaten lunch, and said good bye to their families. At 1:30 academic orientation
officially began for freshmen with a welcome followed by remarks by academic
officers, the dean of undergraduate studies, and faculty members. For
the next two days, fourth classmen would follow their academic officers
into placement exams, computer orientation, walking tours and more. Monday
morning brought an end to academic orientation and a beginning to military
|Freshmen cadets are measured
just after 5 a.m. on Monday. After breakfast, students were led to McAlister
Field House where they heard the Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Emory
Mace and Regimental Commander Craig Wilson speak. After remarks, academic
officers gathered their freshmen and headed back to their respective barracks.
All other cadre members were in position and expecting the Class of 2004.
the upper three classes who were responsible for training the Class of
2004 lined the quadrangle of the barracks. The tension was thick and the
silence was loud as the freshmen entered the battalions. Then, all at
once cadre members went to the freshmen and began
giving two and three commands at one timeinstruction overload. After
getting the attention of the knobs, as freshmen cadets are called, squad
leaders collected their students and the instruction began.
|After leaving the cadet store,
freshmen look in their bags for their Guidons.
members spend weeks of training in preparation for the incoming class.
Upper class cadets attend leadership workshops, conflict management
sessions, diversity training, and more. Cadre will remain responsible
for the training of the knobs until Parents Day Weekend (October 7-8).
The fourth class system, however, does not end until May.
next week, freshmen cadets learned a new way of life. Teamwork, discipline,
and endurance helped them survive the relentless fourth class system
and training period. By the end of day one, knobs were already taught
to march, make 90 degree turns, salute, execute rifle maneuvers and
much more. They took an oath by days end and began their journey on
the "road less traveled," persevering through their knob year.
cadets returned to campus on Sunday, August 27. Classes began on Wednesday.
Profile of freshmen Class
|Freshmen cadets in the third
squad signal to other members of their squad.
largest freshmen class in ten years, which arrived on campus in August,
represents 44 states and seven foreign countries. Among the freshmen
class, the average high school grade point average was 3.04 and a little
more than a quarter of the students were in the top 25% of their senior
class. The average SAT score was 1067.
Other fourth class facts:
- 246 instate students
- 23 international students
- 619 male cadets and
31 female cadets
- Minorities make up
14% of class