Posted: September 2, 2008
When the class of 2012 gathers on the Mount Holyoke campus for the first time this month, its impressive members will include environmental and human rights activists, scientists and writers, social leaders, documentary producers, and award-winning athletes and dancers.
The 527 members of the class of 2012 were drawn from 3,127 applicants, the second-largest applicant pool in the history of Mount Holyoke. A diverse group, they hail from 37 states and 33 countries.
"One of the most exciting aspects of the new academic year is getting to meet our first-year students," said President Joanne V. Creighton. "This new class brings their amazing passion, energy, and talent to our community, and we look forward to welcoming them."
Thirty-two percent of the incoming class comes from New England, 15 percent from Mid-Atlantic states, 9 percent from southern states, 8 percent from central U.S. states, and 15 percent from the West Coast. The ten most heavily represented states in the new class are Massachusetts, New York, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
Twenty percent of the new students, or 106 young women, are international students, with the highest numbers coming from China, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. Another 22 percent of the class are African American, Latina, Asian American, or Native American students.
The students come from 450 secondary schools: 59 percent from public high schools, 28.8 percent from private schools, and 8.9 percent from parochial schools.
In addition, 53 women are entering as transfer students, and 42 women are participating in MHC's Frances Perkins Program for students of nontraditional college age.