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This year's freshman class one of most diverse ever at UofL

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This year's freshman class at UofL is one of the largest and most diverse in the school's history.

Nearly 2,800 full-time, first-time students are busy working toward a college degree. UofL said this year's freshman is also one of the most academically prepared.

"They are constantly trying to make the campus better," said freshman Alivia Ash. "They are always doing construction, always building something new."

The school released preliminary numbers Monday. Check a snapshot of the makeup of this fall's first-year students:

  • Nearly 50 percent already have some college credits
  • 13.5 percent are African American
  • 4.1 percent are Hispanic/Latino
  • 73.8 percent will live on campus
  • 25.5 is the average ACT score, the same as in 2015 and well above the 2015 national average of 21, and the state average of 20
  • 3.6 is the average high school grade point average (based on 4.0 scale)
  • 78.7 percent, or 2,280, are Kentucky residents
  • 36.4 percent, or 1,055, are from Jefferson County
  • 17.3 percent, or 502, are from out of state (including Indiana)
  • 36 U.S. states are represented
  • 465 are honor students
  • Engineering, business and nursing are the most popular declared majors

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Executive Director of Admissions Jenny Sawyer said she believes UofL may have set a new record for racial diversity. 

"I checked our numbers going back to 1988, and I feel pretty confident that this year represents our highest numbers for African-American and Hispanic/Latino students," she said. "As a nation we are more diverse. It's a tribute to our Kentucky school systems they are preparing students of all backgrounds and more students being college ready."

The University also has a strong partnership with Jefferson Community and Technical College and they see students begin there even while they're in high school. They end up more prepared to go to UofL. 

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"If I was going to stay in Kentucky, I wanted to go to the school that had the most diversity," said student Samuel Brown. "That's something that is important to me."

The most popular majors among this incoming class is engineering, business, and nursing.  More than 2,200 students are from Kentucky and more than 500 are from out of state. 

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