Erin Blasko | August 28, 2018
The University of Notre Dame Class of 2022 features students from 66 nations, 49 states, two U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., and includes two state cross-country champions; multiple inventors, researchers and authors; twins with perfect SAT scores; and a professional actor, among other high achievers.
Both intellectually and globally diverse, the class of 2,070 first-year students — including more than 600 international students or U.S. students of color and nearly 160 first-generation students — began the fall semester this week.
More than 20,000 students applied to the University this year and more than 3,600 were admitted. Of those students who were admitted, nearly 60 percent enrolled for the fall semester, the highest “yield rate” for any class since 2002.
This continues a trend that started in 2010, and that — fueled by improved recruitment, financial aid, campus development, the rising reputation of Notre Dame faculty and students and the University’s commitment to social and personal development — has allowed the University to maintain class size each of the past eight years while admitting fewer and fewer students.
Demographically, 48 percent of this year’s class are women and 52 percent are men. Fourteen percent are international students or students of dual citizenship, representing 66 nations; 15 percent are first-generation students, PELL recipients or low-income students (family income of less than 60,000 per year); 80 percent are Catholic; and 22 percent are children of Notre Dame alumni.
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