When the doors opened for the first day of classes on Monday, August 28, the largest freshmen class since 2004 was in attendance. While the numbers won’t be finalized until later this fall, a projected 1,370 new freshmen were scheduled for classes. The majority of those students, 89 percent, are from Pennsylvania. They’re also academically talented; with an average SAT score of 1062 and a GPA of 3.4.
Other interesting facts about the new class:
- About 10 percent of the incoming class are from out-of-state. They represent California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia.
Our new international students arrive from countries such as Australia, China, Columbia, Egypt, India, Myanmar (Burma), Mexico, Nepal and Spain.
- Most popular majors among incoming freshmen: biology, elementary education, business administration and the exploratory program
- Diversity: This year we saw a 9 percent increase in African American students, 100 percent increase in American Indian students, 176 percent increase in Hispanic students and 36 percent increase in students who self-reported as multi-racial.