Saint Joseph’s Welcomes Class of 2021

Freshman class most selective in 10 years

Monday, August 28, 2017

Academic quality and selectivity is once again the headline for SJU’s entering freshman class. The 1,078 members of the Class of 2021 continue the trend of increasing academic talent and decreasing the acceptance rate, a very intentional strategy deployed by the enrollment management and admission staffs in recent cycles.

“The recruitment cycle for the Class of 2021 will close as a great success,” says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.  “We are at our most selective point of the last 10 years, resulting in a freshman class with high achievers comprising its largest segment. This is a student profile that reflects the caliber of and demand for an SJU education in a fiercely competitive market.”

Below is the academic profile for the Class of 2021:

  • Acceptance rate – 77.2 % (Down 7.5 % since 2014)
  • Freshmen who took honors or AP courses in high school – 87%
  • Average high school GPA – 3.66
  • Test optional – 28%
  • Average ACT score – 25.9
  • Average SAT score – 1200

The Class of 2021 hail from 27 states and represent 10 countries.

“Our applicant pool was impressive and among our largest, just shy of 9,000, and contributed to the gains we’re making in selectivity,” notes Robert J. McBride, associate provost for enrollment management.  

The profile of the applicant pool follows below:

  • Domestic applicants hailed from 45 states
  • International applicants represented three percent of the pool and come from 66 countries
  • One quarter of all applicants identified as students of color
  • Students applied from 1,965 high schools, including 43 Jesuit high schools

“Enrollment strength is a key indicator for success,” adds Reed. “The work we’re doing now to prioritize the quality of our student body will have a lasting impact on the educational experience we are able to provide.”


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