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611 New Students Enrolled for 2011-12 Academic Year

May 21, 2011

95881May 21, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw University has enrolled 611 students for the 2011-12 academic year, wrapping up an admission season that saw a strong increase in School of Music enrollments and the institution building upon 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," according to Dan Meyer, 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 this97155 institution have enjoyed for almost 175 years." 

The incoming class continues to represent the diversity of the nation and the world.  Seventy students, or 11.4% of the Class of 2015, will come from countries outside of the United States, and 109 (17.8%) are students of color. 

The new class will come to Indiana from 31 states and 15 foreign countries. Eleven-point-one percent of the students are related in some way to DePauw alumni.

It was a strong year for the DePauw University School of Music, which will welcome 51 new students in the fall, up from 38 a year ago.

Bucking a nationwide trend which 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% female, 43% male (which has been the national average 97061since 2000, according to USA Today).

The median grade point average of the students who have committed to DePauw is 3.61 with a 1200 SAT score and a 28 on the ACT. 

One-hundred-and-one of the new students come to DePauw as Holton Memorial Scholars, with 15 Rector Scholars, 36 Honor Scholars, 20 Posse Scholars and 16 Bonner Scholars. The University's Programs of Distinction will welcome 36 Management Fellows, 29 new students into the Information Techology Associates Program, 22 Media Fellows and 8 Science Research Fellows.

"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," says Meyer.  "DePauw is also special in that all classes are taught by 97021faculty 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."

Prospective students are invited to visit DePauw's Office of Admission online.

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)  finds that DePauw University is within the top 10% of colleges in the nation for the challenges it provides its students and for seniors who report their educational experiences have been enriching. Learn more in this previous story.

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