Class of 2015 Enters PC with High Marks
Providence, R.I.--Nearly 1,000 students with impressive credentials in and out of the classroom are coming to Providence College as the Class of 2015.
The freshmen moved to campus on September 1, and all upperclassmen moved in on September 5.
Of the approximately 975 students in the class, 40 percent finished their high school careers in the top 10 percent of their class academically and 62 percent finished in the top 20 percent. Overall, the incoming class carries an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.39 on a 4.0 scale.
The class includes 25 valedictorians, 13 salutatorians, and 379 members of the National Honor Society.
The mean SAT scores for the freshmen were 579 for the critical reading portion of the test, 587 for the mathematics portion, and 593 for the writing section.
Among students who declared, the most popular academic majors are biology, psychology, finance, management, marketing, and special/elementary education.
Outside the classroom, 249 freshmen participated in student government (17 were class or council presidents), 742 played sports (320 were captains), 120 were on newspaper, radio, or yearbook staffs, and 800 took part in community service projects.
Other facts about the Class of 2015:
There are 116 first-generation college students.
607 members of the class are from New England: 323 from Massachusetts, 152 from Connecticut, 89 from Rhode Island, and 43 from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
There are 255 students from New York and New Jersey, 36 students from the Mid-Atlantic states, and 34 from the Mid-West.
12.2 percent of the class is of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American (AHANA) descent.
Many of this year's freshmen have received public recognition for their accomplishments in areas including academic excellence, leadership, and community service. A sampling of incoming students profiled in the news: