Erin Blasko | August 26, 2017
A New York Times best-selling author. A Paralympic athlete. A national debate champion in India. A 2016 Genius Olympiad. The founder of a nonprofit that teaches Latin to inner-city students.
These are just a few of the 2,052 students who comprise the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2021, an intellectually and globally diverse group and the first to feature more than 1,000 women, including a substantial number of aspiring engineers.
Members of the class, marked by high academic achievement and a commitment to service and leadership, arrived on campus this week for the start of the fall semester.
“This year’s entering class has a tremendous demonstrated record of academic talent, but what really excites me about this class is the potential for these students to turn their intellectual curiosity and non-academic passions into a real force for good around the globe,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment.
Of the 30 percent of students with a reported class rank, 4 in 10 finished in the top 1 percent of their class; 8 in 10 finished in the top 5 percent; and 9 in 10 finished in the top 10 percent.
Overall, 86 percent of incoming students were involved in service leadership; 41 percent were leaders in worship activities; and 47 percent were active in the performing arts, including theater and music.
Among the record number of incoming female students, 38 percent plan to study engineering, compared with 32 percent last year and just 20 percent nationwide.