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This Year’s Freshman Class Tops 10-Year Trend of Best and Brightest at Duquesne

The Duquesne University trend of every incoming freshman class shining as the brightest and best continues this year, culminating  a significant 10-year overall growth for the University.

In the last decade, which coincides with the Dougherty administration, Duquesne’s selectivity has grown dramatically. Instead of accepting 96 percent of the students applying, as happened in 2001, Duquesne now has a greater choice among students and more students than ever are aspiring to be educated at Duquesne. Only 70 percent of the applicants were accepted into the incoming class, admission figures show.

As might be expected, the University’s selectivity has yielded even higher quality students, based on average SAT scores that have risen commensurately, to a record-high of 1142 this year, up from 1080 in 2001.

Continued selectivity is evidenced this year by the record number of incoming freshmen who qualify for the University Honors College. Preliminary reports show that 154 deposited freshmen were referred to the University Honors College this year, compared with 107 at the start of the last academic year. These top students’ SAT average score has grown by 22 points this year, reaching 1347, and ethnic diversity is up 3.7 percent over last year.

“There are many characteristics that define a great University.  However, at the core of our University, it is the academic quality and diversity of our students,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “They, more than any other attribute, contribute to our identity as the University that serves God by serving students.”

The University continues to make giant strides on its journey to become a top-tier American Catholic university; the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching advanced Duquesne’s listing this year to a Research University/High Activity, based on increased scholarship. Duquesne was one of Forbes’ seven top-ranked research schools in Pennsylvania, and in the top-half of research schools across the country. The Princeton Review named Duquesne as among the nation’s Best 376 Colleges, as well as among the Best in the Northeast for 2012.

“I am delighted with the progress we have made in the last decade with the academic profile of the incoming freshman class,” said Provost Ralph L. Pearson.  “It’s not only a tribute to the hard work and dedication of Mr. Cukanna and our enrollment management staff, but also to the work of the faculty.

“Our strong core curriculum, combined with outstanding major programs of study, provide a distinctive undergraduate experience for students while reflecting our unique mission and identity as the world’s only Spiritan university.”

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