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With two weeks of college under their belt, students in the Class of 2022 have already figured out their class schedule, where to go for meals, and how to use the Green Line and have started memorizing the University’s tangled web of acronyms.

By any measure, this year’s freshman class is impressive. They were selected from the largest applicant pool in BU history—a 6 percent increase from the previous year—and also the most competitive pool, says Kelly Walter (Wheelock’81), associate vice president and dean of admissions. Their average SAT score is 1421 (out of a possible 1600) and average ACT score is 31 (out of a possible 36).

Among their ranks is a UNICEF national council member, a biochem researcher who completed work for the International Space Station, and a cofounder of a Mexican urban gardening organization that educates her community about green living.

“By metrics alone, they are the brightest incoming freshmen in the history of the University,” Walter says.

An infographic displaying students average GPA, SAT, and ACT scores

Walter is especially excited about BU’s “yield,” a term used to describe the number of students who choose to enroll in an institution after being admitted. She says the school has seen a significant shift over the last five years. In 2013, 23 percent of admitted students chose to enroll: in 2018, that figure rose to 27.6 percent. “That gets at the attractiveness of BU,” she says. “Students are seeing and believing and saying yes to all of the qualities that make BU a world-class university.”

The Class of 2022 is one of the most racially diverse in recent memory—more than 17 percent are underrepresented minority students. At their Matriculation ceremony earlier this month, President Robert A. Brown urged the freshmen to both embrace and celebrate their differences. Citing Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59), Brown said that inclusiveness is “woven in the fabric of the University.”

When asked, 32.8 percent identified as white, 17.6 percent as Asian American, 10.2 percent as Hispanic, and 6.3 percent as African American, among other groups.

This year’s class is diverse geographically as well, with students hailing from 48 states (Montana and South Dakota being the outliers) and 67 countries.

An infographic showing that 24% of the incoming class is international students hailing from 67 different countries. The top 5 countries are China, India, South Korea, Canada, and Taiwan.

Another mark of the Class of 2022’s diversity is socioeconomics—17.4 percent of class members come from low-income families.

Walter says students in the new class display an “inquisitiveness and engagement in an academic setting that will push our faculty.

“That’s exactly the type of engagement you want to see in a classroom setting,” she says. “Students will take advantage of both academic and nonacademic life at BU. They will thrive and make their mark at this institution and hopefully, make a difference in the world.”

Meaghan Glendon can be reached at mglendon@bu.edu.

Amy Laskowski, Senior Writer at Boston University Marketing & Communications editorial department
Amy Laskowski

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

4 Comments on Class of 2022, by the Numbers

  • Catherine Caldwell-Harris on 09.18.2018 at 8:45 am

    Very impressive. I felt proud of BU to read this. I also see the high quality in my students, who are smart, curious and hard working.

  • Gcollins on 09.18.2018 at 9:27 pm

    colleges including bu put too much on metrics. I am sure there are some great students that didn’t get in because of metrics
    I hope bu considers some of these students

  • Anonymous on 09.19.2018 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulations to the class of 2022! I sincerely hope that BU administration works toward achieving equity for the 17.4% of class members from low-income families. The path to BU was undoubtedly challenging for these students, and their place at the university is not simply a means for administration to check a box on working toward diversity and inclusion. The success of these students is crucial to BU’s standing and social progress in general, and I hope the university supports these gifted young people to have as many opportunities to pursue valuable experiences at BU as their wealthy peers.

  • anonymous on 09.20.2018 at 4:24 pm

    It’s interesting that they included a statistic about 17.4% of students being from low-income backgrounds. I am interested in how those students will be retained over four years at BU, and to what degree of debt they are taking on. As someone that would have fallen into this statistic in 2011, my experience at BU was markedly different from those that did not fall into that percentage point (the vast majority of the population).

    I am also interested to know how many of these students, and the general student population, come from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and other cities/towns that border Boston. As a freshman at BU, I was shocked by how few students were actually from Boston. Years later, I have integrated into the community and work as a community-based advocate serving low-income communities in Boston and it would be an understatement to say that there is a lot of animosity between long-term residents of the City and the Universities. BU has a particularly bad reputation as compared with Northeastern & BC with regards to their dedication of resources to Boston’s low-income students.

    I think having such a high degree of international students is great and certainly enriched my experience in the classroom, but I also know that BU is dedicated to those students for a dual-purpose: full tuition payments and use of on-campus housing.

    Basically, the TL:DR is: I hope that those 17.4% of students have an equitable experience as compared to their wealthier counterparts, and I hope that BU tries to commit the same resources that they commit to recruiting international students to recruiting students from Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury.

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