Krista Shaw, Contributing Writer
In just a few months, members of the class of 2017 will arrive at the University of Dallas campus in Irving, continuing the chain of UD students that stretches back to 1956 and maintaining thus far most of the figures and trends that have marked the last four years of enrollment at UD.
As of Monday, next year’s freshman class includes 339 enrolled students, with an additional 45 students expected to enroll in the coming weeks, according to vice president of enrollment and student affairs John Plotts.
In this new class, 139 students currently live in Texas, while 191 students hail from 37 other states. Notably, 40 new students come from California, the most represented state aside from the Lone Star State. The class represents 233 U.S. cities and also includes nine international students from countries as diverse as China, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
The class comprises 204 female students and 135 male students. In traditional UD style, 14 women are named Mary, and the name Elizabeth is well-represented by eight new students. Among the men, Andrew and John are the most popular names, with six of the incoming freshmen going by each.
The incoming class has 44 aspiring biology majors and many students pursuing business and English degrees. Many of the new students are entering as undecided humanities majors, ready to explore the numerous facets of the UD Core.
Of the freshmen, 84 percent of are Catholic.
At least 19 incoming students are carrying on the UD tradition started by UD alumni parents or siblings.
Between 35 and 40 percent of prospective students who visited UD ended up enrolling.
“A campus visit is one of the top indicators of a student’s interest level in attending UD,” associate vice president of enrollment Jill Corbin said. “Typically, those students who attend one of our open house programs (Aspiring Scholars Preview, Odyssey Days or Meet Us at the Tower) or a personalized visit enroll at a higher percentage than those who do not.”
These statistics deviate little from those of the past few years, Plotts said.
“We are trending about the same as we have for the last four years, with this year being slightly ahead of all previous years at this point,” Plotts said. “Our academic profile remains strong with an average SAT of just above 1220.”
Many other features of the class—such as average GPA, percentage that is Catholic and percentage of students from Texas—roughly maintain the trend set by the past four classes enrolled at UD.
The class of 2017, assuming the expected 45 additional enrollments materialize, also continues the trend of a class size on the upper side of 300, a trend which began with the class of 2014, whose enrollment of 376 students exceeded that of the class of 2013’s 320 by over 50 students. The subsequent two classes had enrollments of 371 and 354, respectively.
The statistics thus far diverge on the number of National Merit Scholars and the men-to-women ratio among the incoming students.
Plotts said the number of National Merit Scholars is comparable to last year’s class, which included about 10-12, but down from the classes of 2010 and 2011, which had 24 and 22 Scholars, respectively.
The ratio of women to men also exceeds that of previous years.
The admissions staff noted that these numbers could be changed by the anticipated additional 45 enrollees.
The UD administration has high hopes for next year’s freshmen and looks forward to welcoming them in August.
“The incoming class will continue to uphold the high standard of academic excellence demonstrated by current UD students,” Corbin said. “I speak for the entire admissions staff when I say that we expect this group of students to contribute great things in classroom discussions, in campus organizations, on the athletic fields and in the surrounding DFW community. Faith formation and a unique campus atmosphere were strong factors in many of their decisions to attend the university, and we look forward to their individual contributions over the next four years.”
Louis Hannegan contributed to the writing and reporting of this article.
UD enrollment by the numbers
Class of 2017 (as of Monday – subject to change)
1. -339 students enrolled (approximately 45 more expected)
2. 40/60 – ratio of men to women
3. 59 percent of incoming students are from outside Texas
4. 1230/NA/3.76 – average SAT score, ACT score and GPA
5. 84 percent of incoming freshmen are Catholic
6. 40 – the most out-of-state students come from California
7. Mary (14) and Elizabeth (8) are the most popular women’s names; Andrew (6) and John (6) are the most popular men’s names.
Class of 2016 (at beginning of fall semester 2012)
1. -354 students enrolled
2. 44/56 – ratio of men to women
3. 54 percent of incoming students were from outside Texas
4. 1200/26/3.75 – average SAT score, ACT score and GPA
5. 85 percent of incoming freshmen were Catholic
6. 30 – the most out-of-state students came from California, followed by Illinois (15) and Minnesota (12)
7. Elizabeth (9) and Sarah (7) were the most popular women’s names; John (9) and Joseph (7) were the most popular men’s names.
Class of 2015 (at beginning of fall semester 2011)
1. 371 students enrolled
2. 43/57 – ratio of men to women
3. 57 percent of incoming students were from outside Texas
4. 1232/27/3.78 – average SAT score, ACT score and GPA
5. 83 percent of incoming freshmen were Catholic
6. 27 – the most out-of-state students came from California, followed by Colorado, Louisiana and Kansas (13 each)
7. Katherine/Catherine/Kathryn (10) was the most popular women’s name; Michael (10) was the most popular men’s name.
Class of 2014 (at beginning of fall semester 2010)
1. 376 students enrolled
2. 42/58 – ratio of men to women
3. 58 percent of incoming students were from outside Texas
4. 1225/26/3.7– average SAT score, ACT score and GPA
5. 80 percent of incoming freshmen were Catholic
6. 30 – the most out-of-state students came from California, followed by Virginia (20)
7. Elizabeth (10) and Mary (9) were the most popular women’s names; Michael and John (7 each) were the most popular men’s names.
Class of 2013 (at beginning of fall semester 2009)
1. 320 students enrolled
2. 47/53 – ratio of men to women
3. 58 percent of incoming students were from outside Texas
4. 1230/28/3.6 – average SAT score, ACT score and GPA
5. 82 percent of incoming freshmen were Catholic
6. 31 – the most out-of-state students came from California, followed by a tie among Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin (8 each)
7. Mary and Amanda (6 each) were the most popular women’s names; Matthew (12) and Joseph (9) were the most popular men’s names.
All data courtesy of Jill Corbin, Associate Vice President of Enrollment, and Ruchi Sheth, Director of Enrollment for Undergraduate Enrollment.