Class of 2019

BW welcomes one of the largest freshman classes in history, with more than 750 first-year undergraduates and 140-plus transfer students.

Large, Accomplished "Class of 2019" Joins the Baldwin Wallace Community

August 24, 2015

Class of 2019

Baldwin Wallace University welcomes one of the largest freshman classes in history this fall semester, with more than 750 first-year undergraduates, as well as 140-plus transfer students, joining the ranks of YJ4L; that’s BW shorthand for “Yellow Jackets For Life.” 

The diverse entering class hails from 40 different states and foreign countries and includes an accomplished mix of students who were active in high school as high-achieving scholars, varsity athletes, student leaders, service volunteers, musicians and artists.

A quarter of the Class of 2019 are students of color, and there is close to an even split between male and female undergrads. More than 80 highly motivated students elected to enroll in BW's Honors Program, while the University’s celebrated Conservatory of Music welcomes the largest entering class in its 116-year history.

More fun facts and stats from the Class of 2019:  

  • Ohio, Pa., N.Y., Mich. and Ill. top the list of 36 home states.
  • Nearly 400 students competed as varsity athletes for their high schools.
  • Some 212 talented instrumentalists played in music ensembles.
  • Another 34 performed the lead role in a drama production or directed a play.
  • Ten high school class presidents and nearly 50 club presidents are represented.
  • A community-minded group, 263 served in volunteer and service roles.
  • An impressive 18 earned Eagle Scout status or were recipients of the Girls Scout Gold or Silver Award.
  • Twenty-four percent are the first in their family to pursue a four-year degree.
  • Math and science are popular academic choices for the class, with more than 20% of the class listing a STEM major.
  • 100% of first-year students with financial aid need were awarded a need-based scholarship or grant.

Week of Welcome Supports Successful Transition

Families moved this accomplished group of freshmen into residence halls on Wednesday, August 19 and, after hugs and farewells, all new students — residential and commuter — launched their college careers with BW’s five-day Week of Welcome (WOW). 

Wide-ranging WOW activities support a successful transition into academic and campus life and foster Yellow Jacket spirit and community, from meetings with academic advisors and First Year Experience groups to town tours and an inflatables and ice cream event.

At Friday’s traditional Convocation ceremony, the faculty lined up in academic regalia to offer an official welcome as these new Yellow Jackets begin their college journey.