The Denison University Office of Admissions announces the highly successful enrollment of the Class of 2018.
"Denison's enrollment has been exemplary, especially in a challenging year for many admissions programs in fine colleges across the country. We are delighted to announce that the Denison Class of 2018 is a group of stellar young men and women, and we're looking forward to their induction at the college this August," said Perry Robinson, vice president for admissions.
Denison received nearly 5,000 applications for some 640 places in the Class of 2018. The average entering grade point for the class is 3.6, with almost half graduating in the top 10 percent of their secondary school class. This year, the average SAT score is nearly 1300, and the average ACT score is 28. The Class of 2018 continues the college's upward trend in diversity with 36 percent of the entering class hailing from multicultural backgrounds, a new record for the college. This number puts Denison in the company of some of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Along with representatives of the majority of U.S. states and territories, incoming students also hail from 22 foreign countries. A record nine percent of the Class of 2018 are coming from outside the U.S. — another all-time high for Denison. Some 80 percent come from outside Ohio, and women comprise 53 percent of the Class of 2018.
"We are thrilled by the quality, diversity and range of talents of the incoming class," said Denison University President Adam Weinberg. "Next year, Denison will welcome one of the stronger classes in its history and among top liberal arts colleges."
The majority of the members of Denison's Class of 2018 have participated in significant community service projects, held leadership positions in school clubs and organizations, and were involved in the fine arts and performing arts as well as athletics at their schools.
"This is a group of successful young people whose skills and talents will be tested and, ultimately, expanded at Denison," said Robinson. "We eagerly anticipate bringing them into the Denison family."
The Class of 2018 will become active members of the campus community even before the first day of classes, which falls on Thursday, August 28. Denison's June and August orientations, as well as other educational programming, will take place both on and off campus through the summer months.