Incoming fall 2017 students take part in summer orientation on the Belknap Campus.

Most of the University of Louisville’s incoming freshman class isn’t so “freshman.”

In fact, more than half of these new arrivals have college credit. That’s a trend that has continued to grow in recent years, UofL administrators said.

“It says a lot about how closely we work with high schools to make sure college-bound students are ready,” said Executive Director of Admissions Jenny Sawyer. “That early start can make a world of difference because those with college credits save money, have more options for minors and double majors, and have additional opportunities such as internships and study abroad.”

Preliminary numbers show that the incoming class will be nearly 2,700 students and have these hallmarks:

  • 57 percent have some college credits
  • 15.5 percent are African American
  • 5.6 percent are Hispanic/Latino
  • 73 percent will live on campus
  • 17 percent are first-generation college students
  • 25.3 is the average ACT score, well above the 2016 national average of 20.8 and Kentucky average of 20
  • 3.6 is the average high school grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale
  • 79 percent are Kentucky residents
  • 34 percent are from Jefferson County
  • 20.8 percent are from out of state
  • 41 states and 15 countries are represented
  • 18 percent were accepted into the honors program
  • Engineering, biology, business, nursing and education are the five most popular majors.

First-year students will begin to arrive on campus Aug. 16. Many events and activities will greet them during Welcome Week. Classes begin Aug. 21.

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Communications Director Cindy Hess has oversight for day-to-day operations in media relations and covers prestigious scholars, the College of Education and Human Development and Brandeis School of Law. She reports to the Media Relations Director, has a heckuva good resume, and faithfully eats kale for lunch every day. Cindy has more than 25 years of experience in media relations, investor relations, marketing and corporate communications and is the unit’s only employee entrusted to buy tickets for lottery pools.