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Sunday August 20, 2017

Class of 2017: 'New' Rutgers' First-Year Students Continue Tradition of Academic Achievement and Diversity


Class of 2017: 'New' Rutgers' First-Year Students Continue Tradition of Academic Achievement and Diversity

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For the first time in decades Rutgers will welcome more than 300 medical students along with 7,900 first-years as the university ushers in a new era of higher education.

The State University of New Jersey will welcome a record breaking incoming class to its major campuses: approximately 6,350 in New Brunswick, 1,050 in Newark and 500 in Camden. The Class of 2017, together with more than 6,000 UMDNJ legacy students, will boost the total student body to more than 65,000, also a record. Classes for the 2013-2014 academic year for nonmedical and nondental students begin Sept. 3.

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Credit: Nick Romanenko
With about 170 valedictorians and salutatorians, the Class of 2017 is among the most academically competitive in Rutgers’ 247-year history. Universitywide, the average SAT score for newcomers is 1800 out of a possible 2400, eight points higher than last year and approximately 300 points higher than the New Jersey and national averages, says Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment management.

Rutgers expects 1,000 University Merit Award recipients among incoming class members, including 100 Presidential Scholars. The Presidential Scholarship is considered the most prestigious award Rutgers offers to undergraduates.

Long applauded for its diversity, Rutgers will welcome new students from 1,275 high schools from more than 30 states and 70 countries. (All 50 states and more than 100 countries are represented in the total student population.) About 12 percent are out-of-state and international students. Of the foreign-born students, most hail from (in order) China, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Canada, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria, Ecuador and Vietnam.

Rutgers expects about 3,950 transfer students universitywide from 460 colleges and universities. Approximately 230 military veterans are enrolling as first-year or transfer students.

Newcomers are making programs in business, the health professions and related clinical sciences (such as premedicine, predental and pharmacy), biological and biomedical sciences, engineering and the social sciences their most popular choices.

Following are additional distinguishing characteristics of the Class of 2017. Final statistics will become available later in the fall.

  • 24 percent of incoming students are of Latino or African-American background.  Almost 60 percent are nonwhite.
  • About 565 new students will take part in Rutgers’ Educational Opportunity Fund, a 13 percent increase from last year. The fund offers financial and academic support for New Jersey students whose economic and educational circumstances have put them at an educational disadvantage.
  • About 2,550 first-years are first-generation college students.
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