Anatomy of a Freshman: Meet the Class of 2017

Anatomy of a Class: Meet the Freshmen

Every year, the freshmen arrive on campus and blossom into a class with a character all their own. Faculty remember their bright questions; RAs their pranks. In their sophomore year, Peter Hatlie, vice-president, dean and director of the Rome campus, will name their respective Rome classes. Friendships are formed and new clubs begun. Until then, however, a few facts and figures will have to hold their place.

The Class of 2017 is currently 361 strong, hailing from 35 states and six foreign countries. With 58 percent of the class coming from out of state they preserve UD's reputation as the most national university in Texas. 81 percent are Catholic: a fact born out by the most common namesMary and John, for women and men respectively. 13 new National Merit Finalists will call UD home next year.

"The most popular majors are English, biology and business," said Elizabeth Griffin Smith, senior admission counselor. "They are very bright with an average GPA of 3.75, SAT score of 1205 and ACT score of 26.7."

There is room for a few more students in the Class of 2017 and some scholarships are still available. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission's website for more information.

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