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Class of 2012
One third is not from Texas, and they are a smart bunch

By Susie P. Gonzalez

Trinity President John Brazil helps first-year students move in.

August 2008 - On the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 27, about 650 first-year students strolled through the first floor of Northrup Hall, past Miller Fountain and the Magic Stones, and entered Laurie Auditorium for a convocation culminating a weeklong series of events to welcome them to college life.  They later ate hamburgers at the All Campus Picnic (some even got drenched by a brief rain shower) and then climbed the Murchison Tower – all memories of Trinity that will be with them forever.

Seeing the throng of walkers, Chris Ellertson, dean of admissions and financial aid, wondered if he would recognize anyone from his recruiting trips across America. So what does the Class of 2012 look like?

According to Dean Ellertson, the uncertain economy and an added writing section on the SAT entrance exam limited applicants, but those who did accept offers of admission promise to be stellar students. In all, about 650 first-years came to campus, along with two dozen transfer students, he said, adding, “The academic profile of the entering first years is strong. In fact, the mean grade point average of 3.55 is the highest since we recorded this measure, and the ACT mean of 29.3 is the highest this decade. The mean SAT is 1288, and 72 percent of the students rank in the top 20 percent of their graduating class”

The class is diverse in interests, talents, backgrounds, and perspectives. About 34 percent are from out of state and 26 percent are foreign students or minority students from the United States. The international students represent 42 countries.      

Angela Breidenstein, associate professor of education and the first Faculty Marshall for the class, said she has welcomed the first-year students, eaten breakfast with them, attended the New Student Convocation and Tower Party with them, and marveled at their inquisitive natures. “They’ve been writing me all summer asking questions,” she said. “They are a great group of students.”

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