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Meet the Class of 2016

By Christian Taske ’07

The past few months were a busy time in Notre Dame College’s Office of Admissions. The admissions staff sifted through more than 4,300 undergraduate applications by students interested in joining Notre Dame this fall semester. In the end – as of Aug. 22 – 503 of them made the cut.

The quality of the Class of 2016 is outstanding. It is, among other distinctions, the class with highest average GPA.

“We are extremely proud of the caliber of students we have enrolled this year,” says Beth Ford, dean of admissions and financial aid. “It’s exciting to know that we are able to offer the Notre Dame experience to so many talented students.”

While the majority of them are from Ohio, the students come to College Road from all over the world. Notre Dame welcomes 22 international students from 11 different countries including Brazil, Spain and South Korea. There are a total of 64 international students on campus now (a new record). Domestic students come from 18 different states including Michigan (20), California (14) and Florida (10). Even three Hawaiians decided to make the 4,500-mile move to South Euclid. Over 100 students have transferred from another college in favor of Notre Dame.

2012 Traditional Student Enrollment
(as of Aug. 22, 2012)

Total Applications:

4,312

Total New Enrollment:

503

Average ACT:

21

Average GPA:

3.23

First-time Freshmen:

398

Transfer Students:

105

Honors Students:
(Average GPA)
(Average ACT)

17
(4.0)
(27)

Number of Countries Represented:

11

Number of States Represented:

18

“The demographics of the Class of 2016 show that a Notre Dame College education has a universal appeal,” Ford says. “We’re no longer Cleveland’s best-kept secret. We’ve made a name for ourselves beyond the city, the state and even the country.”

The Falcon athletic program’s move to NCAA Division II might have contributed to the enrollment success, but the College is also attracting more non-athletes this year. Compared to fall 2011, there is a 10 percent increase in non-athletes enrolled at NDC.

Many of them are attracted to Notre Dame’s growing curriculum. The College offers majors in over 30 disciplines including nursing, international business and intelligence studies. Many courses and entire degrees are now also available online.

A select group of students is pursuing its studies in NDC’s honors program, in which they will take eight advanced courses by the time they graduate. Seventeen new students were accepted into the honors program this fall. Their average GPA is 4.0 and their average ACT score is 27. The average GPA of the entire incoming class has risen to a 3.23. Their ACT score is in line with Ohio’s average of 21.

Increasingly popular among adult students is Notre Dame’s young RN to BSN program. While only five students were enrolled last semester, 27 have signed up for this fall.

Despite an overall drop in adult learners, Notre Dame’s total full-time enrollment has risen from 1,306 in 2011 to 1,341. About 98 percent of these students receive some sort of financial aid.

“Our mission is to make a private, Catholic, liberal arts education available to those who might otherwise not have access to such an experience,” Ford says. “It is gratifying to know that we are able to offer this experience to more and more students.”

Christian Taske ’07 is the director of print & digital communications at Notre Dame College.