The class of 2014 arrives
for Convocation, Aug. 29.
College enrolls its largest class ever
They’re higher-achieving, they’re more internationally diverse and there are more of them than ever.
This year’s freshman class of 621 students is more than 10 percent larger than the previous record of 557, set in 2001. The class includes 580 U.S. students and 41 international students, easily topping last year’s combined total of 545. (Note: The class size will not be officially entered until the add/drop date passes.)
“We have a lot of momentum happening on campus right now with the new buildings and stadium, and we specifically targeted high-achieving students for this year’s class,” says Ed Lamm (Enrollment Management and Communications). “We reached out early and had a variety of special programs to introduce them to our campus.”
Forty-five students scored 30 or better on the ACT and 55 earned a high-school grade point average of 4.0 or better. Fifteen finished their prep academic careers as their class valedictorian and eight more as salutatorian. Predictably, the states with the greatest level of representation include Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.
The class includes 170 trustee scholars, representing the top level of scholarship based on test scores and grade point average. The figure is more than 40 percent higher than the previous record of 119, set last year.
Eighty-five potential trustee scholars attended a special program in February that recognized their academic achievements, and 77 of them ended up enrolling at St. Norbert.
“The Study Abroad program is a huge draw at every recruiting program,” Lamm says. “It’s always one of the highlights when we survey students and parents afterward. We have five or six of our students on hand, and the stories they come back with about their experiences are amazing. You can tell it’s a life-changing experience.”
Two Saturday events in early fall proved highly successful in attracting potential students and speeding the process of application.
“The students brought in their transcripts, filled out applications and had our admission decision on the same day,” Lamm says. “The kids were excited, and their moms and dads were giving hugs. It was a really cool day.”