Largest Incoming Freshman Class in 14 Years

The incoming class also is more diverse, represents more nationalities and come from more states than previous years.

ST. LOUIS - 

The incoming freshman class at Webster University is the largest class of first-year undergraduates at Webster since 1999. With 502 students, this is 91 more than last year and four more since the last previous high, set in 2007 with 498 freshmen.

Overall, the academic profile is unchanged with about the same percentage of students entering each school as in the past three years. Geographically, the class is more diverse, with nearly five percent of the students coming from Iowa, Florida and Tennessee this year. The freshmen also represent eight other nationalities (besides U.S. citizens), twice as many as in years past.

More than one-fifth of the freshmen identify themselves as minorities, up from two years ago but slightly down from last year. Their overall ACT scores are slightly higher than last year (23.8), but their GPA average from high school is slightly lower (3.41).

For the first time in many years, the male-female ratio is nearly evenly split. For the past several years, females have greatly outnumbered males. This incoming class has slightly more males (51.5 percent) than females (48.5 percent).

“These numbers will likely change over the next few weeks as we get late registrants or students who decide not to attend because of family, financial or other reasons,” said Robert Parrent, interim chief enrollment officer at Webster University. “Regardless if the numbers go up or down, the incoming freshman class numbers are the standard benchmark in higher education to predict how the rest of the school year will go, so Webster University has a lot to be optimistic about.”

See the complete numbers below:

New Freshmen (ALL)

Fall 2013

Fall  2012

Fall 2011

 

502

411

481

ACT Average

23.8

23.6

23.9

High School GPA Average

3.41

3.48

3.46

Female

48.5%

60%

57%

Male

51.5%

40%

43%

Full Time (12 or more credit hours)

99%

97%

97%

Part Time

1%

3%

3%

States Represented

32

29

31

Highest States

 

 

 

Missouri

61%

70%

66%

Illinois

14%

14%

15%

Texas

6%

5%

5%

Iowa/Florida
/Tennessee

1.4% each state

-

-

Countries Represented

8

4

4

Minorities

22.6%

23.8%

20%

College/School

 

 

 

Arts and Sciences

22%

22%

26%

Business and Technology

17%

10%

11%

Communications

21%

27%

29%

Education

5%

5%

5%

Fine Arts

22%

25%

19%

Undeclared

13%

11%

10%