This article was originally published on the UConn Today Web site on August 23, 2012.
By: Michael Kirk
The incoming University of Connecticut class of 2016 will be the most academically accomplished freshmen class in UConn’s history with nearly half of the almost 3,200 entering freshmen having graduated in the top 10% of their respective high school classes. The new class will also be among the most diverse, will have the highest average SAT score, at 1227, of any new class ever at UConn and will have the highest number of honors students.
More than 30,000 students applied to the university for the fall 2012 semester – the highest number in UConn history.
“This year’s freshmen class will be noted for the numerous records they have broken,” said Nathan Fuerst, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UConn. “We were incredibly pleased not only with the increased interest in UConn, but also with the very high quality of our prospective students. The unprecedented number of applications and highly competitive process has yielded what is undoubtedly the most stellar incoming class the university has ever seen.”
Nearly 450 freshmen will enroll in the highly selective Honors Program and while official enrollment numbers will not be available until September, the class will include approximately 26% minority students and will also set a new record with 180 new international students, compared to 140 the year prior.
UConn will enroll 875 new transfers at Storrs and nearly 1,300 new freshmen and 300 new transfers will enroll at the five regional campuses at Avery Point, Greater Hartford, Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury. 78% of incoming students are from Connecticut and 22% are from out of state.