North­eastern Uni­ver­sity wel­comes more than 2,800 new under­grad­u­ates to campus this week. The 112th entering class is among the university’s most accom­plished, and also its most diverse.

North­eastern wel­comes these stu­dents to a uni­ver­sity with a dis­tinc­tive approach to learning and a deep com­mit­ment to edu­cating the next gen­er­a­tion of leaders,” said Pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun. “This week, they join a com­mu­nity of stu­dents, fac­ulty and alumni ded­i­cated to the pur­suit of knowl­edge and solving society’s greatest problems.”

The new class includes approx­i­mately 40 National Merit and National Achieve­ment scholars; half grad­u­ated within the top 10 per­cent of their high school class. The mean score for entering freshmen on the two-​​part SAT was 1285, up 55 points since 2006, and the middle 50 per­cent had an average high-​​school GPA of 3.7.

In terms of diver­sity, the entering freshmen rep­re­sent 1,608 high schools around the world. Just under a third of the class are stu­dents of color, and nearly 10 per­cent are inter­na­tional stu­dents, hailing from 72 coun­tries. Among the entering freshmen from the United States, nearly half—48 percent—are from out­side the six New Eng­land states.

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