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Class of 2017 Brings Academic Strength, Many Talents

August 15, 2013

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 656-6047

The Saint Anselm community is looking forward to August 29 when we welcome 533 first-year and transfer students including quite a few who are named Emily, Nicholas, or Ryan (the most popular names). The Class of 2017, arriving from 24 states and four countries, begins classes on Sept. 2.

These are among the facts compiled by the Office of Admission, whose staff members read 3,919 applications this year. It was the third largest applicant pool in the college's history, according to Director of Admission Eric Nichols.

Academic quality remained steady for the third year in a row, with an average enrolled G.P.A. of 3.2, Nichols notes. Twenty-seven percent were invited to join the honors program.

As in past years, the majority of students come from New England, but this year there was a significant increase in the number of students from New York.

"It's been a part of our enrollment plan to increase the number of students form outside of New England. Our growth in New York is a great first step toward that goal," Nichols says.

The Class of 2017 includes students with a spectrum of interests and talents, including a four-time Irish step dancing champion and a field hockey player who made the U.S.A. men's junior nationals.

Facts about Saint Anselm College's newest students:

  • 80% are from out of state
  • 59% female, 41% male
  • 97% are receiving some type of need-based grant or academic scholarship from Saint Anselm
  • 12% have at least one parent who is an alumnus
  • 95% live in campus residences
  • 9% are African American, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American
  • Most popular majors: undeclared, nursing, business, biology, and psychology
  • Most popular names: Emily, Nicholas, and Ryan