Meet the newest Camels
This year’s first-year class, the Class of 2017, is the most diverse in the history of Connecticut College — and in a variety of respects.
Domestic students of color make up 22 percent of the class. Counting non-U.S. citizens, 29 percent of the class consists of historically underrepresented minorities. The class also represents a high level of socio-economic diversity with 52 percent of students receiving financial aid grants from the College, compared with 45 percent last year. Read more about the College’s diversity initiatives.
The College attracted 4,702 applicants this year, of whom 1,653 were admitted and 490 chose to enroll. There are also 14 transfer students.
The 16 foreign countries of origin for first-year students include China, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Maldives. Domestic students came from 37 states led by Massachusetts. Other significantly represented states include California (25) and Illinois (22).
More facts about students in the College’s 98th entering class:
- Nearly 90 percent ranked in the top fifth of their high school class.
- The smallest high school attended had a senior class of seven, the largest 1,301.
- Top anticipated majors: biology, economics, psychology, English, international relations, history, environmental studies, government, math and behavioral neuroscience
- Most popular first names: Sarah (either spelling), variations on Elizabeth, Emily, Alexander, Michael and Ryan
- 28 are children or grandchildren of alumni.
- 69 (14 percent) are the first in their families to attend college.