STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The fall semester begins Monday at the University of Connecticut, which is welcoming a freshman class of 5,000 students, including 3,600 at its main campus in Storrs.
The school is touting the class of 2018 as the highest-achieving in its history, with an average SAT score of 1,234, about a point higher than last year’s class. They were chosen from about 32,000 applicants, which also was a record for the school.
About 34 percent of members of the class are minorities compared with the previous high of 27 percent a year ago.
“By all measures this year’s freshmen class is the most talented, diverse group we’ve ever welcomed and those transferring here from other institutions have established strong foundations that will help them thrive at UConn,” President Susan Herbst said.
About 80 percent of the class is from Connecticut and about 1,000 students have transferred from another school, UConn said.
The freshmen began moving in on Friday and are being joined over the weekend by upperclassmen.
The students will be paying more to attend the state’s flagship school. A 6.5 percent tuition increase brings the cost from $23,496 for an in-state student to $24,518. Costs for out-of-state students will rise from $42,444 to $44,698.
The school says much of the money is being put back into the classrooms. The school is hiring 300 faculty members, which officials say has helped reduce the teacher-student ratio from about 18 to 1 to 16 to 1 over the past several years.
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