Record high SATs, class rank for class of 2013

Alexandra Finkel

Updated May 5, 4:25 p.m.
As of the May 1 postmark deadline for deposits for Northwestern’s class of 2013, 2,182 students had enrolled. The students have a higher average SAT score than the class of 2012 – 1442 compared to the previous high of 1428 last year. Of the enrolled students, 91.5 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class comparted to 83.8 percent last year.

Michael Mills, associate provost for university enrollment, said he was “pleased” at the deposit numbers as it was an “unusual year.”

“Our aid offers were so strong it made the difference in the decisions for a lot of families who may have considered a public university,” he said.

Mills said he was pleased with the results of increased minority admission efforts that netted a 5.5 percent enrollment rate for African Americans compared to 3.7 percent last year.

“I’m happy for the admissions officers plus the students who worked so many hours to produce that outcome,” he said. “It’s important to say that one good year doesn’t make this any less important in subsequent years.”

The percentage of international students increased from 5.2 percent to 6.6 percent.The percentage of Latino students who sent in their deposits, however, remained stagnant at 6.5 percent.

“We worked equally hard to recruit Latinos to NU,” he said. “We admitted slightly more than last year so it was a lower yield. It’s a little disappointing, but it’s still a healthy number of entering Latino students.”

The associate provost added that the office plans to see how it can improve Latino enrollment in the future.

“We’ll probe all of the data over the summer and maybe tweak recruiting strategies for next year,” he said.

More to come.