University Record, September 7, 1999
Movin on in: Future
leaders and best among brightestBy Jane R.
When Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate
admissions, welcomed new students at the Sept. 1 convocation ceremonies,
he noted that they were selected from more than 21,000 applicants.
|More than 9,500 new and returning students
moved into residence halls last week, amid temporarily re-routed streets
to relieve congestion, and with a lot of help from members of fraternities
and sororities. Women comprise 50 percent of this years class,
according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and has students from
every state and 100 countries. Photo by Bob
The Class of 2003 is truly outstanding, he said, because
they have accomplished a great deal during their years in high
school. And because of their academic and extra-curricular
accomplishments, they can add to the vitality of the University of
I can assure the faculty and administration that
the Class of 2003 meets or exceeds all the measurements we use for
admission, Spencer said.
More than 70 percent were
members of their high school academic honor society.
percent were elected to one or more student government office.
More than 30 percent received all-city, league, country or state athletic
Almost 43 percent gave recitals in such places as
More than 70 percent participated in school or
community service organizations.
Approximately 50 percent have
published poems, stories, essays or articles, or were editors of their
school newspapers or yearbooks.
Ten percent started their own
3,200 members of the Class of 2003 received high
enough scores on their advanced placement tests to enter the University
with college credit.
More than 700 scored 750800 on the
verbal and math portion of the SAT.
More than 1,000 scored
3036 in the English, math, reading or science portion of the
More than 240 had a perfect score of 36 on at least one
section of the ACT.
The majority had all As in high
The Class of 2003 has the largest number of students
ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating