Nora Kenney | September 7, 2018
With classes for the 2018-2019 academic year underway, Laura Carlson addressed this year’s incoming cohort of graduate students on August 13 as part of the two-day Graduate Orientation hosted by the Graduate School and the Division of Student Affairs.
In her remarks, Carlson, who is dean of the Graduate School, associate provost, vice president, and professor of psychology, emphasized Notre Dame’s commitment to fostering an environment of well-being for graduate students.
“One of the themes I really wanted to communicate to new students this year is that your research matters, and you matter,” Carlson said. “We are committed to helping students thrive—not just academically but holistically. I wanted to let students know of our commitment to their well-being from the first day of their graduate training.”
Carlson’s theme aligned with statistics about the incoming students, who overwhelmingly identified Notre Dame’s community as a factor that was either “very important” or “most important” to their decision to attend Notre Dame over other institutions. Other popular reasons for choosing Notre Dame included the school’s reputation and commitment to financial support.
During her address to the students, Carlson also shared other statistics about the incoming class: out of 5,261 applicants, only 1,015 were admitted, yielding a selectivity rate of 19%, which is on par with Notre Dame’s undergraduate admissions rate. Of the matriculants, 42% are women and 33% are international. Students come from 56 different countries and from 43 of the 50 states. And the incoming class represents one of the highest yields of underrepresented minorities, too.
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