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Rensselaers Class of 2007 represents all-time record highs not only in the overall number of students, but also in the number of women, legacies, and Rensselaer Medalists.
Teresa Duffy, dean of enrollment management, attributes the top enrollment figures to Rensselaers continued commitment to improving student life and enhancing the academic environment. This, despite the fact that higher education has been especially hard hit because of the stalling economy.
These are tough times for American higher education. Many prestigious institutions are undertaking unprecedented belt-tightening measures. Yet, Rensselaer has been able to revitalize its campus to attract and support the best and brightest, Duffy says. Students from around the country and globally clearly see what Rensselaer is doing to ensure their education for a secure and fulfilling future as new buildings go up, new faculty arrive, and new research gets under way.
Current initiatives include building the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, which is expected to open fall 2004. Rensselaer also will break ground this fall for an experimental media and performing arts center that will support and extend student creativity, research, and learning. And, Rensselaer has recently poured millions of dollars into renovations throughout campus.
The Class of 2007 includes 1,371 freshmen. Of those students, 329 are women, 318 are Rensselaer Medalists, 242 are from outside the Northeast, and 89 are legacies record numbers for each of these groups. The number of minority students in the class is up 29 percent from last year a significant measure in Rensselaers efforts to create a more diverse student body.
Steeped in entrepreneurial spirit, the class includes two students who already have started a business in the Rensselaer Incubator, one student who owns his own airplane detailing company, and another who was inducted into the National Gallery for Americas Young Inventors.
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