The Class of 2005 is Truly Stunning!
Photo: Thomas Griffin
The Class of 2005 is raising the academic bar.
With an average SAT score of 1,308an all-time high for an incoming classthe group represents one of Rensselaers most select ever. Rensselaer received the largest number of applications since 1986, and accepted the smallest percentage of applicants since 1985. Sixty-one percent of them were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
In addition, the class represents the largest-ever international undergraduate enrollment, with 75 students coming from countries other than the U.S.
The students who make up our Class of 2005 are facing a world of increasingly complex questions and issues, says Teresa Duffy, dean of enrollment management. Getting to know them throughout the recruitment and enrollment process convinces me that we have in our midst a cohort of students uniquely ableand readyto add value, insights, and creative solutions at every step of their educational development. They are truly a stunning group of young people.
The Class of 2005 is diversified and steeped in artistic talent: 144 are actors, 103 are singers, one student attended clown camp. One student performed as a backup percussionist to country superstar Shania Twain, another has played violin since he was 3 and has played at Carnegie Hall for the past two years.
A number of Junior Olympics athletes also make up the class: One young woman is a fencer and participated in the 2000 Junior Olympics, another student qualified for swimming, and one qualified for bowling. The class also includes 48 legacies, children or grandchildren of Rensselaer alumni.
In short, we have a diverse, interesting class with a tremendous amount of pizzazz, and an added international presence. It reinforces our belief that, in these days, a university must have global reach in order to have global impact, adds Duffy.