Accomplished, Diverse, Talented…Welcome Class of 2018

August 4, 2014

An enthusiastic and impressive group of 725 freshmen–hailing from 30 states and 11 countries–are the newest members of the YJ4L community.

The Baldwin Wallace Class of 2018 brings scholastic achievement, esteemed talents and recognitions, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition, they are accomplished in leadership, service and extracurricular involvement.

Among impressive statistics, 27 percent are students of color and 40 percent are in the top 20 percent of their graduating class. Ninety-six students are members of BW's Honors Program.

Snapshot look at the Class of 2018: 

  • Countries represented include: Brazil, China, Ghana, Nepal, India, Romania, Greece, Mexico, Romania and Rwanda, among others.

  • In the U.S., students hail from 30 states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, California, Virginia, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Texas, Connecticut, Montana, Idaho, Massachusetts, North and South Carolina, and others.

  • Over 160 National Honor Society members. Six qualified for National Merit Semifinalist/Finalist/Commended honors. The median grade point average for the Class of 2018 is 3.5.

  • Over 370 varsity athletes and 69 All-Star, All-State or All-Region in a varsity sport.

  • Eighty-six high school marching band members and 229 music ensemble participants.

  • Nearly 70 students held an executive position with their high school Student Council.

  • Over 70 were in clubs centered around diversity.

  • Thirty-five percent did volunteer/community service.

  • Seventy-two students have a relative who graduated from BW and 87 have a brother/sister currently attending BW.

  • Eighteen percent are the first in their family to pursue a four-year degree.

  • Twenty-one percent listed math and science as a major followed by business at 16 percent, the humanities at 15 percent, social sciences at 12 percent, and Conservatory and HPE each at 11 percent.

  • Michael and Matthew are the most popular names for boys and Emily, Sarah, Amanda, Stephanie and Rachel are the most common names for girls. There are three sets of twins.