THE Catalogue for the Academic year 1875 - 76 made its appearance on Tuesday evening, and it shows the whole number of students in the University to be 1,278 against 1,196 last year, and 1,167 the year before that. The undergraduate department in the last three years has been made up as follows:-
Academic Year, 1873 - 74. 1874 - 75. 1875 - 76.
Seniors 164 152 148
Juniors 155 159 194
Sophomores 170 209 182
Freshmen 217 196 252
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Total 706 716 776
The Law School contains this year 161 students, an increase of about twenty over the last two years. In the Medical School there is precisely the same number of students that were there last year, 192.
In the other departments there is no marked change in the number of students. The Catalogue contains, in addition to its regular features, an account of the School of Geology, held this summer at Cumberland Gap, and the programme for the evening readings to be held throughout the year.
THE action of the Senior societies in regard to the Class Elections promises a fair and satisfactory choice of officers through the medium of a so called open election. If the non-society men sustain the action of the societies, we may look for the best results of a free-choice of the whole class. But evidently it will not be found enough, in order to secure these desirable results, to merely vote for an open election; for unless each member of the class votes in the spirit of such an election, with an eye single to class interests, nothing has been gained to Class Day itself. If an open election recommends itself to any particular element in the class, as the means simply of securing to itself the lion's share of the offices, we may be sure that Senior classes, in one college at least, are yet too far from that general manliness and keener sense of honor which are essential to the best working of a perfectly open election. We certainly hope to see each of the different class elements voting, as we are informed one has already done, to conduct this election wholly without regard to their society or association interests; or, at least, declaring publicly what action may be expected from it, and whether or not an open election is to be an only too well rehearsed farce.