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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 5, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 1
Class of 2010 Descends on Homewood

Student Ben Neese, rear, gets some bookcase-building help from his father, Bob, and brother Bobby.
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

A caravan of minivans and SUVs stuffed with bedding, computers, iPods, TVs and other "necessities" of college life rolled into Charles Village on Friday and Saturday as Johns Hopkins welcomed the 1,217-member Class of 2010 to the Homewood campus.

Greeting the enthusiastic newcomers and their families on Friday morning were President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, who rolled into the new school year, too — on bicycles. (In previous years, they've zipped across campus greeting new students on in-line skates, scooters and even Segway transporters.)

Unfortunately, as of press time, tropical depression Ernesto was also scheduled to meet the new arrivals, with heavy rains forecast for later in the day and into Saturday — presenting a real challenge for the brigade of upperclassmen who would be on hand to hoist belongings from vehicles and carry them into the students' new homes-away-from-home.

The largest incoming class that Homewood has ever seen was selected from a record-breaking applicant pool. The 13,863 students who applied represent an increase of 52 percent since 2001, the "largest gain of any of our peer institutions," said John Latting, director of Undergraduate Admissions. Only 27 percent of the applicants were admitted, making it one of the most competitive years ever.

Some figures on the Class of 2010:

Total freshman enrollment: 1,217

Number of freshman applicants: 13,863

Number of freshman admitted: 3,698

Early decision: 465

Median high school class rank: 95th percentile

Median SAT I combined score: 1390

Male: 52 percent

Female: 48 percent

International students: 73

Underrepresented minority students: 173

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 63 percent

Whiting School of Engineering: 37 percen

Top five states, in order: New Jersey, New York, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania


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