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High quality, diversity reflected in admitted transfer students

STANFORD -- A Gulf War veteran, a sculptor, two professional ballerinas and a former bricklayer are among 152 transfer students from 102 colleges and universities who were sent letters of admission to Stanford University May 20.

The admitted transfer students have until June 15 to accept the university's offer. Those who choose to enroll will join approximately 1,580 freshmen beginning their Stanford studies this September.

According to William Tingley, director of transfer admissions, the admitted transfer students were selected from 1,335 candidates at 456 different colleges and universities.

"This year's admitted transfers range in age from 16 to 50," he said. "Many will enrich the undergraduate student body with interesting life experiences and unique accomplishments."

Probably the most interesting trend in recent years has been the increase in the number of "non-traditional" transfer students - those in their mid-20s, 30s and 40s. Approximately 30 of this year's admitted transfer students fall into that category, almost identical to last year but up from 11 two years ago and eight in 1990.

Just about half of the admitted transfer students are women and approximately one third are from ethnic minority backgrounds, including African American (6.9 percent), Asian American (17 percent), Mexican American/Chicano (6.9 percent), and Native American (1.3 percent).

Academically, the quality of this year's admitted transfer students remained extraordinarily high. More than two-thirds of the admitted class had 3.7 to 4.0 grade point averages in college, 23 percent had Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) verbal scores of 700 or higher (compared to 1 percent of the test-takers nationally), and 44 percent had SAT math scores of 700 or higher, compared to 4 percent nationally.

"The fact that less than 25 percent of those with perfect 4.0 records were admitted reflects the overall quality of the applicant pool and also confirms that other academic and extracurricular factors are considered in the selection process," Tingley said.

Similarly, only 35 percent of the applicants scoring a combined 1,400 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (out of a possible 1,600) were admitted this year.

Offers of transfer admission were sent to candidates from 32 states, the District of Columbia and eight foreign countries. California continued to have the highest representation with 48.4 percent (up from 44.4 percent last year). New York came in second with 8.2 percent (up from 4.6 percent last year), followed by Washington (3.1 percent), and Connecticut and Texas (each with 2.5 percent).

The nine new international transfer students are from Australia, Bulgaria, Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan.

For the third year in a row, approximately equal numbers of admitted students are from public and private institutions. The highest number are from the University of California-Berkeley and Foothill College, with nine and seven respectively.

Other institutions from which significant numbers were admitted include Columbia and Dartmouth (six each), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (five), Brown and UCLA (four each), and the University of Chicago, Duke, Santa Monica College and the University of California-San Diego (three each).

All of the other Ivy League schools are represented, too, including Harvard and Yale (two each), and Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton (one each).

Community college students make up 24 percent of the admitted transfer class, a figure identical to last year but up from 17 percent two years ago.

In addition to Foothill, other Northern California community colleges represented by the admitted group include American River, College of San Mateo, City College of San Francisco, Cabrillo, Canada, College of Alameda, Butte, De Anza, Evergreen Valley, Ohlone, West Valley and Yuba.

Applicants' materials and credentials were evaluated by the admissions staff during an intensive three-week period in May. Classes will begin Wednesday, Sept. 29.



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