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Oxford welcomes record class

Mother Laurie Cravey helping her daughter Hannah Cook getting her bed set up at Oxford College.

Mother Laurie Cravey helping her daughter Hannah Cook getting her bed set up at Oxford College.

OXFORD -- Oxford College is welcoming its largest class ever this year.

Nearly 950 students from all over the world are moving into the dorms at Oxford College this week -- a record number for the college.

According to the college, this year's entering class total is about 450 freshmen students, who were drawn from a record number of applicants, nearly 4,700 graduating seniors, which equals a 44 percent acceptance rate.

"Each fall, about 20 percent of the freshman class enrolls on the Oxford campus," said Oxford College Dean Stephen Bowen. "They defer for their freshman and sophomore years the dynamic, high energy Atlanta campus in favor of the small, intimate Oxford community. They are attracted to small classes, freshman and sophomore leadership programs, the diversity of the Oxford student body and the chance to be part of a community in which everyone knows almost everyone else."

College officials are reporting that the entering freshman class comes from 369 high schools in 38 states and 20 nations. Additionally, 67 percent of them come from outside of Georgia.

Students from 2,188 high schools applied to Oxford College, and those from 1,166 high schools were accepted. Ultimately, those from 369 high schools enrolled at Oxford; 64 percent of students attended a public high school.

According to the entering class profile, the freshmen have a 3.55 unweighted grade point average. Their SAT scores range from 570 to 670 in critical reading, 580 to 700 in math and 580 to 680 in writing; their ACT scores range from 25 to 30.

The class is made up of 52 percent females and 50 percent minority students.

This year, the college awarded 51 four-year scholarships and 117 two-year scholarships, which range from partial to full tuition with room, board and fees covered.