September 2006

Class of 2010 Breaks Record for Academic Achievement

Incoming freshmen, pictured here on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus, have set a new standard for academic achievement.

The nearly 2,400 members of GW’s incoming freshman class boast a
level of academic achievement unprecedented in the University’s history. Their average SAT score is 1920. The University accepted 37 percent of the 19,500 applications it received for the class of 2010.

The incoming freshman class is extremely diverse with students hailing from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and nations across the globe. African Americans and Latinos comprise 12 percent of the class, while the number of international students coming to GW this year increased by nearly 20 percent.

President Trachtenberg addresses the class of 2010 at Colonial Inauguration.

Many of this year’s entering freshmen also excelled outside the classroom. Half of the class of 2010 participated in a varsity sport; 14 percent served as editors-in-chief of their school newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook; 16 percent participated in debate; and 64 percent in community service.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is welcoming the students who have chosen to call GW ‘home’ for the next four years,” said Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of the University. “Each student truly is exceptional in his or her own way, and I am always invigorated by their enthusiasm, energy, and ultimately their contributions to our campus community and the city of Washington.”

Also among the incoming class are several students with unique talents and experience: a U.S. junior female archer, a software company owner, and an understudy for the San Francisco Opera.

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