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Transfer class diverse, talented, simply 'interesting'

STANFORD -- Stanford University has mailed offers of admission to 190 transfer students across the country and around the globe, including the former captain of an Irish fishing boat, a former member of the Russian military, a hampionship cyclist and a published author.

William Tingley, associate dean and director of transfer admissions, said this year's admitted transfers, who range in age from 17 to 45, "will enrich the undergraduate student body with interesting life experiences and unique accomplishments."

The admitted students were selected from 1,420 candidates (a 6 percent increase in applications from last year). The admissions office expects 145 of the students to accept offers and enroll this September, joining 1,580 new fr eshmen.

Transfer applications came from students at 502 different colleges and universities, of which 102 are represented in the admitted class. After three years of nearly equal numbers from public and private institutions, the 1994 t ransfers include a higher percentage from the private sector (57.3 percent).

More than 10 percent are in their mid-20s, 30s and 40s.

The largest number of admitted transfer applicants are from Princeton, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California-Berkeley, with seven each. Other schools with high numbers of students admitted incl ude the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury, Wellesley, Foothill College, Duke (five each); and Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale and the University of California-Davis (four each). Commun ity college students make up 19 percent of the admitted transfer class, down from 24 percent the past two years.

Besides Foothill, other Northern California community colleges represented in the admitted group include the College of San Mateo and De Anza (three students from each), West Valley (two students), and American River, Chabot, C ity College of San Francisco, College of the Redwoods, Diablo Valley, Merritt and Santa Rosa.

Thirty-three of the 100 applicants from Ivy League schools were accepted. Those 33 students, Tingley said, make up 17 percent of the class, up from about 12 percent a year ago. Three students were admitted from Harvard.

"We acknowledged that they had seen the light at last," Tingley quipped.

Of the admitted students, 42.7 percent are women. More than one-third of the admittees are from ethnic minority backgrounds, including African American (6.3 percent), Asian American (22.9 percent), Mexican American/Chicano (4.7 percent) and Native American (1 percent.)

About 85 percent had college grade point averages ranging from 3.5 to 4.0, with most in the 3.8-4.0 range. Just over one quarter of the applicants with GPAs greater than 3.8 were admitted. This reflects the overall high quality of the applicant pool and confirms that other academic and extracurricular factors play a role in the selection process, Tingley said.

Fewer than half the applicants scoring a combined 1400 or higher on the SAT (out of a possible 1600) were admitted. More than 20 percent of the admitted transfers have SAT verbal scores of 700 or higher (only 1 percent national ly score in this range) and 54 percent had SAT math scores of 700 or higher (compared to 4 percent nationally).

Offers were sent to applicants from 34 states. California continued to have the highest representation with 44.8 percent of the admitted class. New York is second with 5.2 percent, followed by Oregon (3.6 percent); Texas and Wa shington (each with 3.1 percent); Arizona (2.6 percent); Colorado, Connecticut, Florida and Minnesota (each with 2.1 percent). The 16 new international transfers (8.4 percent of the class) come from 13 countries including Argentina, Bu lgaria, France, Ukraine, Italy, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China.



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