Rensselaer hosted more than 2,800 visitors to campus for the Accepted Student Celebration on Saturday, April 10, just weeks before the May 1 deadline for high school seniors to decide where they will attend college in the fall. The program opened with remarks from President Shirley Ann Jackson, Paul Marthers, vice president for enrollment, and Sehrish Khan, a senior majoring in industrial and management engineering.
This year, the Office of Enrollment Management received 13,448 freshman applications. The record total represents a growth of nearly 9 percent since last year and 19.5 percent over two years ago. Only 38.8 percent were offered a spot in Rensselaer’s incoming freshman class.
The visitors included 889 accepted students from 39 states including Hawaii and Alaska, and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Bermuda, China, and Japan. The group represents a continued expansion of the national and international profile of the student body, as well as a significant increase in applications from women and underrepresented minorities. The prospective students and their families had an opportunity to learn more about Rensselaer through a series of activities that included campus and residence life tours, academic presentations, informational sessions on financial aid, departmental and campus life open houses, and a student activities fair featuring more than 50 Rensselaer Union clubs and organizations.
In her remarks to the students and their families, President Jackson congratulated the members of the Class of 2014. “Being accepted to Rensselaer is not easy. Indeed, it is very difficult and, thanks to evergrowing student interest, this was our most selective year ever. This places you within an exclusive group of top students who, first and foremost, have proven to us that you have what it takes to succeed here.
“The simple fact is that our ever-flattening, globally connected world requires you to fully grasp the geopolitical realities within which your careers will unfold,” President Jackson added. “You may need to function in multicultural settings, and in careers that require international mobility. A Rensselaer education will enhance your multicultural sophistication and your global view, as well as your ability to see connections between disciplines. In the end, it will allow you to become the global leaders you are destined to be.”
At Rensselaer, freshman applications have set records for five consecutive yearsincluding the incoming Rensselaer Class of 2014, whose average SAT scores for the incoming class is 1400.
Noting their achievements, Paul Marthers, vice president for enrollment and dean of undergraduate admissions, also welcomed the students. “You are an outstanding group,” said Marthers. “We hope you will join us when we begin classes in September, because bright students like you will play a key role in helping Rensselaer achieve its vision to lead the way in education for science, technology, and entrepreneurship.”
The event was organized primarily by the Admissions Office with support from Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and others.
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