Michael O. Garvey | August 21, 2015
The University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2019 arrives on campus this week impressively equipped with intellectual promise, creativity, leadership and commitment to service of others.
The 2,015 new students were drawn from a record pool of 18,157 applicants. The average incoming first-year Notre Dame student is in the top 1 percent of the nation in academic high school performance and/or national testing. More globally representative and diverse than any previous incoming classes, 33 percent of the Class of 2019 are students of color or international citizens, and more than 8 percent of them are the first in their family to attend college. They are graduates of 1,316 different high schools and have made an average journey of 750 miles to start their first year on campus. According to Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, “Notre Dame is arguably the most nationally representative university in the United States.”