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University at Albany Welcomes Class of 2018

Record Number of International Freshmen and 58 New Full-time Faculty Join the University, New High Needs Programs Chart the Future of UAlbany

Classes begin Aug. 25 for the Fall 2014 semester at the University at Albany. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 19, 2014) – The University at Albany will begin its 2014-2015 academic year by welcoming an academically talented incoming freshman class of over 2,500 enrolled from an applicant pool of more than 21,768. The students will be joined by 58 new full-time faculty members this academic year, many hired through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 initiative. Students in the Class of 2018 boast an average high school grade of 90.1 against an admission rate of 55.8 percent. Some 236 freshmen are enrolled as Presidential Scholars, including Frederick Douglass Scholars, while the University’s Honors College becomes home to 130 new students. UAlbany’s freshman class is one of the more diverse to enter the University, with 42.4 percent students of color among its ranks. The freshman class also includes a record number of international freshmen, more than 140, from over 20 foreign countries. Overall during the 2014-2015 academic year, UAlbany will help pave a path of success for 17,373 students – 12,818 undergraduates and 4,555 graduate students.

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