The University of Arizona

New UA Class Most Diverse in School History

The University of Arizona's new class is the most diverse in university history, with 46 percent coming from diverse backgrounds. The roughly 10,000 new student cohort has representation from all 50 states, and will join more than 30,000 other students on campus.

In addition to being the most diverse class, the 2017 cohort also boasts increases in academic quality and test scores.

According to enrollment data, academic performance of incoming freshmen from Arizona is at an all-time high with a 39-percent increase in students with a cumulative 3.5 high school GPA and scoring above 1300 on the SAT. The average GPA of Honors College students is 3.86 with an average 1395 SAT score and 30 ACT score.

This year, there is also a 3 percent increase in transfer student enrollment and a 1.4 percent increase in students enrolled in graduate and professional programs. 

Enrollment is also up for in-state students, with the number of freshmen from Arizona increasing by 7 percent since 2015.

Best of all, the UA recently announced it has exceeded its Arizona Board of Regents' goal of 83 percent retention for 2017-18, and created five new majors, a new minor, eight new undergraduate certificates and a new graduate certificate. 

Nick Meyers of the Arizona Daily Star has full coverage of the story. Click here to read all about it. You can also read about the UA's new class in KVOA and UANews