August 24, 2014

Officials: Class of 2018 Will Add to ‘Positive’ Campus Environment

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As members of the Class of 2018 prepare for their first week of classes, officials say the new students — who are the most selective and diverse class in University history — are likely to give Cornell its most “positive and productive” learning environment to date.

Cornell’s Class of 2018 accepted only 14.2 percent of applicants — the lowest admission rate in University history — from its record setting pool of 43,037 applications, according to the University. Additionally, 42.9 percent of freshmen self-identify as students of color, a 2.1 percent increase from last year.

An orientation leader helps a first-year student move into his dorm room on Friday. (Brittany Chew / Sun Staff Photographer)