UConn touts its new freshman class

August 22, 2018

In the last time Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and UConn President Susan Herbst will share a podium to brag about the incoming class at the state’s flagship university, both call it a stellar group.

The new Class of 2022 includes 5,500 freshmen enrolled across all UConn campuses. Of those, about 3,764 new freshmen are enrolling at the Storrs main campus.

Herbst and Malloy made the announcement at a press briefing at the state capitol on Wednesday behind a “Huskies Nation” poster.

The new class brings with them the highest average SAT score — 1306 — in UConn history.

There are 175 valedictorians ans salutatorians among them and 50 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

About 550 freshmen are joining UConn’s Honors Program, a new high.

They include Annie Foley, from Orange, who said she bypassed other schools to stay in Connecticut and go to UConn.

“I knew right away that UConn was the right place for me,” she said.

Overall, about 80 percent of UConn’s undergraduate student body hails from Connecticut, a figure that has held steady for about the past decade, officials said.

Several of the incoming UConn freshmen joined Malloy, Herbst, legislators at the state Legislative Office Building to unveil the stats.

Herbst said the yield is more than luck.

“We’re so successful at recruiting them because we have established a winning formula at UConn: exceptional academics, great faculty, and outstanding campus facilities,” Herbst said. “When you invest in UConn, you are investing in Connecticut’s future.”

More than 38,000 people applied for UConn’s freshman class, a record high. By comparison, UConn received 13,600 applications in 2001.

Thousands of students are returning to UConn this week, including about 12,300 moving into Storrs residence halls and about 420 in housing near UConn Stamford where there are now two residence facilities.

New enrollment is said to be especially strong this year at UConn Stamford and UConn Hartford. University officials credit investments made on those regional campuses.

Freshmen start moving at 7 a.m. Friday, followed by upperclassmen and transfer students over the weekend.

Overall, about 23,000 undergraduate students will start classes on Monday, Aug. 27 at Storrs and the regional campuses. Many thousands of additional students are also enrolled at other locations in UConn’s schools of law, medicine and dental medicine.

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