BW Welcomes 886 Freshmen, Transfers

September 1, 2012

Bringing diverse talents and backgrounds to campus, 713 freshmen and 173 transfer students are now YJ4L (Yellow Jackets for Life).

The students are a diverse group with impressive scholastic backgrounds, academic interests, talents and recognitions. In addition, they are accomplished in leadership, service and extracurricular involvement.

This year's transfer students are the largest group in three years. They include two sets of twins and hail from 11 states, including a student from Alaska majoring in psychology.

Snapshot look at the Class of 2016:

  • Eighty percent are from Ohio and 20% hail from 29 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Seventeen countries represented, including Ghana, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Cambodia, Argentina.

  • One hundred students have a relative who is attending or graduated from BW.

  • 18% are students of color.

  • Top Division areas: Math & Science (20%); Humanities (14%) and Business (13%). Twelve percent are Music majors and an equal amount are Undecided.

  • Six valedictorians, 185 National Honor Society members, and four National Merit Semifinalist/Finalist/Commended.

  • Nearly 370 varsity athletes and 55 All-Star, All-State or All-Region in a varsity sport.

  • Over 80 high school marching band members and 226 music ensemble participants.

  • Nearly 70 had a top officer position with Student Council.

  • Five sets of twins.

  • Emily and Zachary are the most popular first names.

  • Incoming freshman Mauren Schindler is the sixth generation of the Riemenschneider family to attend BW. The Riemenschneider family has a long history of contributions and accomplishments to the University.