MSU Freshman class best, biggest and brightest in a decade

Montclair State University's 1999 freshman class is the best, brightest and biggest in a decade.

"Enrollment of full-time freshmen is up an astonishing 20 percent," Dr. Susan A. Cole, University president, said. "We are at the highest enrollment level that we have achieved in a decade. And that extraordinarily successful recruitment effort has yielded a class that has slightly higher SAT scores, greater diversity -- with approximately 37 percent students of color -- a 10 percent increase in Bloustein Scholars, a 15 percent increase in Outstanding Scholars and a new class of Honors students with an average high school class rank at the 92nd percentile and average SAT scores of 1260."

MSU's 1999 freshman class numbers 1,361, up from 1,132 last year. Additionally, the number of transfer students is up 4 percent and the number of Equal Opportunity Fund Program students has climbed a dramatic 36 percent. The EOF program provides special admissions, financial aid and academic support services for highly motivated students who do not meet regular admission criteria and who come from low-income families.

"All of these successes significantly exceed our goals for enrollment growth at the undergraduate level," Cole said, "and that means that MSU will have a rich and talented student population. It also indicates that we are beginning to achieve our goal of communicating to the larger community in the state the richness of the educational opportunity represented by this University. "We have always had a very attractive academic program and an outstanding faculty. Now, we are doing a better job of telling the story that Montclair State is an extraordinary educational, cultural and artistic resource to our region.

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