CINCINNATI - A brand-new batch of Bearcats is set to prowl about campus this week.
Freshman orientation starts Monday and the university said the incoming class is expected to be a record-breaker.
The university's "Bearcats Bound Orientation" runs through July 18 and organizers expect as many as 4,500 students and families to take part at UC's Uptown campus.
The 2013 class is expected to top both the 2011 record of 4,268 freshman at the Uptown campus and the 2011 record of 6,237 overall freshman -- that figure includes branch campuses at UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont.
Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president of enrollment management, said the university is also expecting an increase in the number of transfer students and international students.
During orientation, students will get academic counseling, register for classes, meet their fellow students and learn more about the college. Parents will also learn about UC's academic and social programs and the university's student support services.
The event is also a chance for the new Bearcats to help the community. Freshman can help out with the UC Bearcats School Supplies Drive. Students are invited to bring new school supplies to check-in to be donated to local elementary and middle school children.
One of UC's colleges that will see a lot of new faces in particular is the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Officials there said it exceeded new goals in recruiting freshman into computer engineering and computer science. It is expected to welcome about 950 new students this fall.
UC's fall semester begins Aug. 26 and the formal freshman convocation ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.