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AU Welcomes Strongest Academic Class in History

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Freshmen from the class of 2014 carry a banner as they begin their walk to convocation.
Photo by Jeff Watts

The AU community welcomed the strongest academic class in university history in late August. These 1,518 new first-year students and 369 transfer students chose AU because they felt AU matched well with their goals and interests, and in response, “we have enrolled a class that is a right fit for AU,” remarks Director of Admissions Greg Grauman, SOC/BA ’99. “Our incoming class is smart, intellectually curious, engaged, and ready to create meaningful change in the world,” he adds.

The newly enrolled freshmen demonstrated their academic prowess during the application process and were selected from one of the largest applicant pools (16,926) in university history, which represents an increase of 13 percent over last year. The university’s acceptance rate of 43 percent is quite selective, and the Class of 2014 represents a scholarly group who earned an average GPA of 3.8 and a mean SAT Reasoning Test score of 1272 (critical reading + mathematics).

Students arrived from far and wide to D.C.; first-year students represent 45 states and the District of Columbia and 56 countries, and the freshman class is comprised of 5 percent international students.

These new students are an active group, eager to engage in their community, who participated in a variety of activities during Welcome Weeks, including the Freshman Service Experience (FSE) and Discover D.C. Kayla Ma ’14 from Olathe, Kansas, shared, “Welcome Week has been a BLAST! It seems like I update my Facebook with new and adventurous-sounding statuses every day! I was in a fantastic FSE group working at Interstages in southeast D.C.”

Pleased with the enrollment results for the Class of 2014, AU’s admissions team now prepares to seek new students to become matriculated students. Grauman notes, “As the new class commences, we look forward to 'hitting the road' this fall in our continued search for the 'best-fit' student for the Class of 2015. Over the next three months, the admissions team will participate in more than 1,100 recruitment events both domestically and abroad, including more than 550 high school visits, 100 college fairs, 25 regional information sessions, 650 interviews, and 8 counselor breakfasts.”

Congratulations and best of luck in the year ahead to the Class of 2014!

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