This past September, more than 1,900 first-year students began their journeys as members of Northwestern’s Class of 2024, together with more than 190 transfer students. On the final day of a fully remote Wildcat Welcome, the class was cheered by President Morton Schapiro, who delivered his traditional convocation in an entirely online format.
By any standard, these new students bring extraordinary qualities, talents and accolades to Northwestern. They come from 60 countries and speak more than 60 languages. Thirteen percent are the first in their families to go to college. More than 20% of incoming students received federal Pell Grants. And nearly 95% ranked among the top 10% in their high school class.
“This class contributes a remarkable range of perspectives to our community,” says Liz Kinsley ’15 PhD, director of undergraduate admission. “But as diverse as they are, they also bring a shared spirit of collaboration and compassion that drives their ideas and actions. They approach the world around them with equal parts critical thought and deep optimism, and I’m excited to see where they go and what they do together.”