Incoming Class of 2011 Features Quality, Diversity
Posted: June 1, 2007
The 2007 numbers are in, and Denison University's Office of Admissions is reporting another highly successful and record-breaking year. Building on the momentum and strength of several recent entering classes, the Class of 2011 is "a terrifically talented and diverse group of young men and women," according to Vice President and Director of Admissions Perry Robinson. "In many respects, the Class of 2011 appears to have the potential to be one of Denison's best," Robinson stated.
The academic quality and demonstrated success of Denison's current students have been cited as key factors in attracting such a strong group of incoming students, Robinson notes, while reinforcing the University's reputation as one of the nation's leading colleges of the liberal arts and sciences.
"It is clear that we are the first-choice college for a growing number of outstanding students from around the country and overseas," Robinson explained. "The addition of the Class of 2011 to our student body will further enhance the extraordinary educational experiences offered to all Denison students."
In 2006-07, Denison's Office of Admissions received an all-time record of 5,170 applications. Subsequently, only 38 percent of Denison's applicants were admitted this year, making 2007 the third consecutive year that fewer than 40 percent were admitted.
Highlights of this impressive class include:
- Some 600 have paid enrollment deposits;
- A total of 26 (more than 4 percent of the incoming class) are National Merit Scholar finalists, representing a remarkable 160 percent increase over the past two years;
- More than half (a record 53 percent) graduated in the top 10 percent of their secondary school class, and more than three-quarters (77 percent) were in the top 20 percent;
- The average GPA of the entire incoming class is 3.7;
- The average SAT score for this class remains above 1260 (up more than 40 points from four years ago);
- The average ACT score seta an all-time record at 28;
- A total of 319 graduated with distinguished academic honors;
- Multicultural students comprise 20 percent of the entering class (up from 14 percent four years ago);
- Some 36 states and 12 foreign countries are represented;
- More than two-thirds are from out-of-state; and
- 12 percent are either children or siblings of Denisonians.
Denison's Class of 2011 is as accomplished outside the classroom as it is academically. This incoming group includes some 23 class presidents, 43 school newspaper editors, more than 300 participants in the fine or performing arts, 469 who have held full- or part-time jobs through the school year, and the vast majority were leaders in community service. More than three-quarters of the incoming class were involved in athletics at their schools, and 181 led their peers as team captains and 50 earned all-state recognition. Within the class of 2011, 128 were involved in student government, and 105 held leadership positions in school clubs and organizations.
The University's Office of Admissions expressed thanks to all of the Denison students, faculty and staff who joined forces to make this admissions year such a resounding success. In addition, special recognition was accorded to Denison's "DARTers" (members of the Denison Alumni Recruiting Team), led by Senior Associate Director of Admissions Mike Hills, as well as other alumni, parents of current Denison students, and friends of the University who played a pivotal role in recruiting these exceptional students for Denison.
Denison University, located in, was founded in 1831 and is a privately supported, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences, offering three different bachelor's degrees (B.A., B.S. and B.F.A.) among 46 different majors and concentrations. Some 2,100 full-time undergraduate students represent 47 states and 34 foreign countries. Denison is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) and a founding member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Denison's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established in 1910. Dale T. Knobel is Denison's 19th president.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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