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August 31, 2013

Gustavus sees uptick in Legacy Students

Family history influences students' college picks

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Given all the family members who came through Gustavus, William has heard a lot about the school, and he’s been given his share of Gustavus paraphernalia over the years.

But Beth swears there was no pressure for him to attend her alma mater.

“My whole life I’ve been getting clothing, so there were subtle hints there,” William said.

A floor down from William, Sydney Franklin of Plymouth was moving into her dorm room, having passed on her original plan of attending school down South in Alabama. She’d “really wanted to get away from here,” she said, but had a change of heart.

“I decided I wanted to stay closer to home,” she said, which made her mother, Kim Franklin, very happy.

Kim came to Gustavus in the late 1970s. She also had a sister and nephew who attended.

And that family history probably influenced Sydney to make Gustavus the only Minnesota college she applied to. Being awarded a scholarship clinched the deal.

Judging from Kim’s experience at the school, she knows Sydney will do well there.

“I felt at home here,” she said. “Even just by being in the dorm, I knew she would meet people right away.”

As is the tradition at Gustavus, all the freshmen and their families were welcomed to campus by loud and excited groups of “Gustie Greeters” who lined the roadway with signs and waved to the long line of vehicles.

Members of the Gustavus football team also helped families unload their vehicles and move belongings into the students’ dorms.

“It’s just such a friendly place,” Beth said.

At A Glance Fun facts about the Gustavus Adolphus College class of 2017: ■ There are 650 incoming freshmen this year, and 19 percent are Legacy Students. ■ Students hail from 32 different states and six countries. ■ 22 percent is from outside of Minnesota, including 26 students from Wisconsin, 12 from California, 10 from Iowa, eight from North Dakota and six from South Dakota. ■ Six students are from Cancun, Mexico. ■ 15.3 percent of the class represent racial minorities.

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