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College’s Class of 2023 set from record number of applicants

May 23, 2019
large line of student signing a roll of parchment.First-year students sign the class roll following Convocation, a tradition that the new incoming Class of 2023 will continue this August. (University of Rochester / J. Adam Fenster)

The College’s incoming Class of 2023 is set. With a target size of 1,370 students from 44 states and 77 countries, the class arrives at the University of Rochester in late August.

More than 21,300 students applied, up six percent from last year’s high-water mark, and a record 519 enrolled through the Early Decision process. That’s up 12 percent from last year.

“Choosing the best students for Rochester takes time as our 50 readers calculated and debated how each new student can thrive on this research and residential intensive campus,” said Jonathan Burdick, vice provost and dean of College admission. “We want them arriving prepared not only to choose all of their classes and align with the rigor for themselves, but to turn 1,369 new neighbors from distant places into friends, classmates, and teammates.”

A few highlights:

  • Twenty percent of the class is first-generation students—the first in their immediate family to attend college.
  • The academic standing of the incoming class is as strong as recent College classes.
  • Nine percent of the enrolling class identifies as Latino, compared to six percent last year. And 28 percent of the class is Hispanic, Black, Asian-American, or multiracial.
  • The number of high schools represented is 1,201, up from 1,157 last year. And Rochester will see its biggest enrollments ever from California, Texas, Illinois, Washington State, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and British Columbia.
  • The percentage of students who intend to study computer science is 34 percent female, up from 16 percent last year.
  • The percentage of students who will major in mechanical engineering is 28 percent female, up from 17 percent last year.

Students across the globe soon will be bringing their talents and passions to Rochester.

Emersyn Harris of Alexandria, Minnesota, is interested in pursuing computer science, data science, and Japanese. She’s politically active, plays the flute and piccolo, and hopes to mentor young girls to close the gender gap in STEM fields.

Isaac Ahn of Suwanee, Georgia, is interested in music and digital media studies. He loves all types of games, from cards to video games, and is looking forward to establishing new friends on campus.

Nadine Eldallal of Alexandria, Egypt, is a photographer, amateur filmmaker, graffiti artist, avid book reader and adventure seeker. She says she “can’t wait to become friends with as many people as possible this fall.”

Madi Turner of Newark, Delaware, plans to major in engineering and business and chose Rochester for its “academic strength, unique curriculum, and collaborative environment.”

Pericles Gadri of Sunyani, Ghana, is currently enrolled in the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. He’ll major in biomedical science and is excited for the chance to improve his leadership skills. “I chose Rochester so that I could meet some great minds and leaders from around the world,” he says.

The Eastman School of Music expects 129 first-year students from 35 states and eight countries. About 18 percent of Eastman’s Class of 2023 are international students. Thirteen members of the incoming class are first-generation students.

Move-in Day for international students at both the College and Eastman is Monday, August 19. First-year domestic students at both campuses move in Wednesday, August 21.


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