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Willamette Welcomes New Class

Scottish bagpipes played and the campus Mill Stream was lit with floating candles as 542 new undergraduate students celebrated the beginning of their Willamette experience August 29.

The new class, which includes 51 transfer students, comes from 25 states and 12 countries, and 57 percent are women. Twelve percent are the first in their families to attend college, and 15 percent are multicultural or international students. They will represent Willamette well. Their median high school GPA was 3.77, with a median SAT score of 1850.

International students make up 39 percent of Atkinsons' Early Career MBA Class. They come from Bangladesh, India, China, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Japan and elsewhere. The 76 new students have the highest GMAT scores of any incoming class in the business school's history. The MBA for Professionals Program will see approximately 40 new students -- half in Portland and half in Salem. More than half of the new Law Class comes from outside Oregon. A diverse group, the 161 J.D. candidates speak 14 languages and represent 42 undergraduate majors. The School of Education will see 91 new students, with 71 attending full-time.