DePauw University has enrolled more than 600 students for the 2011-12 academic year, featuring a strong increase in School of Music enrollments and a continuation of the university's its legacy of attracting a diverse group of new undergraduates.
"In an extremely competitive environment, DePauw University is increasingly a top choice of some of the nation's top high school scholars, as well as a sought-after destination for students in other countries who desire an American college experience," said Dan Meyer, DePauw University vice president for admission and financial aid.
"I'm very pleased with the group of students who will be joining our community in a few months, and proud of the terrific work my staff and many across the university have done to make young people aware of the opportunities for intellectual engagement at DePauw, the immersive social environment our campus provides, and the lifelong success graduates of this institution have enjoyed for almost 175 years."
The 611-member incoming class continues to represent the diversity of the nation and the world. Seventy students, or 11.4 percent of the Class of 2015, will come from countries outside of the United States, and 109 (17.8 percent) are students of color.
The new class will come to Indiana from 31 states and 15 foreign countries with 11.1 percent of the students related in some way to DePauw alumni.
It was a strong year for the School of Music, which will welcome 51 new students in the fall, up from 38 a year ago.
Bucking a national trend that has seen enrollment of female students at much higher levels than males, the incoming class is split 50/50. By comparison, the undergraduates who arrived in Greencastle last August were 57 percent female, 43 percent male (the national average since 2000, according to USA Today).
The median grade-point average of those who have committed to DePauw is 3.61 with a 1200 SAT score and a 28 on the ACT.
Of the new students coming to Greencastle, 101 are Holton Memorial Scholars, with 15 Rector Scholars, 36 Honor Scholars, 20 Posse Scholars and 16 Bonner Scholars. DePauw's Programs of Distinction will welcome 36 management fellows, 22 media fellows and 8 science research fellows in addition to 29 new students into the Information Technology Associates Program.
"The opportunities to study off-campus -- such as those provided by Winter Term and our study abroad programs -- are of enormous appeal to students who want to have a vibrant college experience that extends beyond the traditional campus and provides opportunities for reflection, growth and making contacts that will enhance their lives and career paths," Meyer said.
"DePauw is also special," he added, "in that all classes are taught by faculty members -- there are no graduate assistants -- and the average class has approximately 12 students. There are many schools out there working to attract students, but few that offer the residential liberal arts college experience that you'll find at DePauw."