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Record-Breaking Class of New Students Arrives

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September 20, 2005

More than 2,000 first-year students, transfer students and parents arrived on Northwestern's Evanston campus Tuesday to start the University's 150th academic year. (Although Northwestern was founded in 1851, no classes were held until the fall of 1855.)

This year's entering class of 1,967 first-year students had a mean total SAT score of 1402, the highest in the University's history, and included students from 31 foreign countries, as well as from nearly every state in the U.S.

Northwestern's School of Law earlier welcomed a diverse class of first-year students with a median GPA of 3.7 and a median LSAT score of 169. Nearly 95 percent of this year's JD students have at least one year of work experience and 75 percent have worked for two or more years.

The Feinberg School of Medicine's incoming class consists of 87 men and 84 women ages 20 to 36, representing 58 undergraduate schools. The class has a grade point average of 3.72 and an average score on the Medical College Admission Test of 11.3, up from 11.1 last year. 

In addition, the Kellogg School of Management enrolled another strong entering class, with an average GMAT score of 700. Approximately 30 percent of the entering class is international and 28 percent is female.