Entering class second largest ever, sets geographic, diversity records
The 350 members of this year’s entering class at Transylvania, second largest in school history, tied last year’s class as the most academically prepared while setting school records for geographic and racial/ethnic diversity. They are part of an overall enrollment of 1,074 students.
Members of the class of 2016 have an average ACT of 27, a middle 50 percent ACT range of 24-30, and an average GPA of 3.72. Forty-one percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. They include 34 students who took part in either the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program or the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.
Geographically, the class is the most diverse in 38 years and includes 99 students from outside Kentucky who make up 28 percent of the class. Ohio led the way in out-of-state students, followed by Tennessee, Indiana, and three states in a tie—Florida, Texas, and West Virginia.
Twelve international students comprise the largest such group in school history. They come from China, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. The 47 students who self-identify as people of color comprise 13 percent of the class, also a school record.
“We are thrilled to have achieved all of our strategic enrollment goals for academic quality and diversity with this class,” said Brad Goan, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions. “We continue to bring classes to Transylvania that, coupled with the creativity of our faculty members, make possible the kind of exciting living and learning experience Transylvania is known for.”
Above, members of the class of 2016 gather on the steps of Old Morrison during orientation to “Pioneer” by symbolically gazing into the futures that will come their way with a Transylvania education.