STORRS , Conn.–
More than 15,000 undergraduates will return to the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus during the next three days, including a freshman class of about 3,250 students that will move into residence halls in Storrs Friday, Aug. 26.
Freshmen will begin arriving on campus at 7 a.m. A welcoming Convocation will be convened at 5 p.m. in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, followed by the Husky Week of Welcome (WOW) picnic on Fairfield Way at 6 p.m.
The freshmen represent the most academically successful and diverse class in the University’s history: The average SAT scores of incoming freshmen is 1191, up 14 points and 79 points since 1996; compared to the average score of freshmen who entered the University last year; it will include 115 valedictorians and salutatorians, nearly triple the 40 who enrolled in 1995; more than a third of the freshmen were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class; minority student enrollment, which has increased in each of the last 10 years, is projected to represent 21 percent of the incoming class, compared with 17 percent last year. Since 1995, freshman minority enrollment at UConn’s main campus has increased 125 percent.
The cohort was chosen from 18,597 applications. Applications for admission are up 88 percent in the last 10 years, with 9,874 applicants in 1995, and 18,597 applicants in 2005.