Freshman facts: Class of 2013

As TU students start fall term, a closer look at the newest arrivals

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 3, 2009)—During the past year, the Office of Admissions reviewed more than 15,600 applications for undergraduate admission. This week, the process culminated as TU opened its doors to more than 2,400 new freshmen, as well as 1,450 new transfer students.

As those freshmen embark on their college careers, the Office of Admissions already knows a great deal about the Class of 2013...

They're academically prepared.

  • Most graduated in the top third of their high school classes; 10 were valedictorians.
  • 165 are Maryland Distinguished Scholars.
  • The average high school cumulative GPA was 3.59.
  • 1,281 (53 percent) had over a 3.50 GPA; 273 (11 percent) earned a 4.00 or higher.
  • The average combined SAT score was just over 1625 on the new SAT Reasoning test. Some had perfect scores on the individual sections; two students achieved 800s on the math section; one had 800s on both the critical reading and writing sections.
  • More than 900 students were awarded Advanced Placement credit; 15 were awarded International Baccalaureate credit.
  • Many more come with traditional college credit earned through regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Nearly three in 10 are not Maryland residents.

  • 72 percent are Maryland residents, representing all of the state's 23 counties.
  • The Maryland high schools with the greatest number of new freshmen at TU are Calvert Hall, Perry Hall, Dulaney, Howard and Huntingtown.
  • The largest number of students from an out-of-state high school graduated from Cherry Hill and Washington Township high schools in New Jersey, and Lynbrook Senior High School in New York.
  • Others come from 24 states, from Oregon to Florida and from Maine to Hawaii. The largest non-Maryland representation is New Jersey, with 262. New York ranks second with 195, with Pennsylvania contributing 130.
  • New students have enrolled from 12 other countries.

They have wide-ranging career ambitions.

  • They selected majors in 63 areas, representing nearly every program TU offers.
  • Business administration remains by far the most popular major, followed by biology, nursing, psychology and elementary education.

They're young, diverse and frequently female .

  • 87 percent were born in 1991 or later.
  • 66 percent of the incoming class is female.
  • 19 percent of the class consider themselves members of underrepresented racial groups.

The Honors College got the creme de la creme.

  • 247 first-year students are enrolling as members of the Honors College, selected from 774 candidates.
  • Their average high school GPA was 3.83, with an SAT average of 1778.
  • 60 percent were in the Top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Hey, Matt and Rachel ...

  • Among men, Michael and Matthew are the most popular names, with 43 and 29 respectively. Among women, TU's freshman class has 33 Rachels, 32 Jessicas, 27 Laurens, 26 Amandas and 26 Emilys.
  • As expected, Smith, Jones, Johnson, Davis and Taylor are the most common last names.


Originally compiled by Kevin Webb, acting director of admissions. Adapted for the TU Newsroom by the Office of University Relations.





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