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AU Welcomes the Class of 2016

Class of 2016 convocation

photo by Jeff Watts

AU welcomed nearly 1,600 members of the class of 2016 in late August. Enthusiastic new students came to AU eager to begin their college careers. “We are excited to see a continued increase in the geographic diversity of our incoming class. The class of 2016 represents scholars from 48 states and throughout the world,” says Director of Admissions Greg Grauman, SOC/BA ’99. “In particular, we continue to see more students coming to AU from the west and south, including more than 120 students from California. We are also pleased to have realized a more than 70% increase in incoming legacy students, as compared to the previous year.”

The newly enrolled freshmen demonstrated their academic prowess during the application process and were selected from an applicant pool of more than 17,000 applicants. The class of 2016, a scholarly group, earned an average GPA of 3.72 and had an average SAT score of 1257.

Students arrived from far and wide to Washington; first-year students represent not only 48 states, but 45 countries. The freshman class is comprised of more than 30 percent multicultural students.

Pleased with the enrollment results for the Class of 2016, AU’s admissions team now prepares to seek new students. Over the coming months, the staff members will participate in hundreds of recruitment events, including high school visits, college fairs, regional information sessions, interviews, and counselors breakfasts.

Grauman says, “The admissions team will be traveling throughout the country, and world, this fall and looks forward to connecting with alumni along the way. It is extremely valuable to be able to share the stories of our alumni with students considering American University as their possible destination.”