University Welcomes New Class

Willamette's 542 new undergraduate students attend their first classes this week. The new class, which includes 51 transfer students, comes from 25 states and 12 countries, and 57 percent are women. Twelve percent are the first in their families to attend college, and 15 percent are multicultural or international students. They will represent Willamette well. Their median high school GPA was 3.77, with a median SAT score of 1850.

At the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, international students make up 39 percent of the new Early Career MBA class. They come from Bangladesh, India, China, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Japan and elsewhere. The 76 new students have the highest GMAT scores of any incoming class in the business school's history. The MBA for Professionals Program will see about 40 new students -- half in Portland and half in Salem.

More than half of the new College of Law class comes from outside Oregon. A diverse group, the 161 JD candidates speak 14 languages and represent 42 undergraduate majors.

The School of Education will see 91 new students seeking MAT degrees, with 71 attending full time.