Smart, diverse first-year class arrives.

Students with plants from the botanic garden, from left: Phuong Le ’18 of Vung Tau City, Vietnam; Sarah McCool ’18 of Hopkinton, MA; Hiwete Fetene ’18 of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Yangla Lama ’17, from Nepal. Photo by John Martins

They’re heeeeeeeere! The class of 2018 arrived on August 27, and started settling into their new lives as college students. A comprehensive orientation program began on move-in day and continues even after classes start on September 3.

The College’s newest additions include 547 traditional-aged first-year students, 38 new Frances Perkins Scholars (students of nontraditional age), and 39 new transfer students.

The first-year class was carefully selected from one of the largest and strongest applicant pools in the College’s history, with 3,201 applicants for first-year admission. These students attended 457 high schools (60 percent public; 29 percent private; 11 percent parochial). Twenty-eight percent are international students, and 30 percent are domestic students of color. Fifty-seven new students have legacy connections to the College.

They come to MHC from 36 states and 30 other countries. Here’s a geographic breakdown:
27% from New England
28% international students
15% Mid-Atlantic
12% South
11% West Coast
7% Central

And among the new students on campus this fall are:
• A Science Olympiad captain
• The founder of a digital media company
• A Scripps National Spelling Bee star
• A writer whose poems have been published in national magazines
• The founder of T-shirt start-up, EduGirl, that inspires women in Pakistan
• A record-holder and multiple award winner in swimming
• An independent scientific researcher studying reaction time’s relation to sleep and music
• A pilot-in-training
• A nationally ranked (#3) equestrian
• Activists who’ve raised money for community-service projects

—By Emily Harrison Weir