Entering Class of 2014 Touted as ‘Crème de la Crème’

8/15/2014

The incoming undergraduate class of 804 students arriving on campus for the fall 2014 semester make up the largest, most accomplished group ever admitted to Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Among those accepted are several National Merit Finalists, a few All-American athletic recruits, an actor, a circus performer and even a student who has been featured in Popular Science magazine.

In his speech on Accepted Students Day in April, Stevens President Nariman Farvardin addressed the incoming students as the “crème de la crème.” 

“We are seeing increasing numbers of applications from increasingly talented students with each new year,” said President Farvardin.

Admissions data (as of August 15, 2014) offers a deeper glimpse into what is the most talented pool of applicants ever received in the university’s history.

Made up of 764 members of the Class of 2018, as well as 40 new transfer students, these young men and women were selected from more than 5,430 applications.

The middle 50 percent range of SAT scores (combined critical reading and math) of new freshmen improved to 1260–1410, a significant jump from the 2013 range of 1220–1380. The middle 50 percent range of composite ACT scores rose as well to 29–32 from a range of 27–32 of last year.

Nearly 30 percent of the new students are female. The number of students coming from states outside New Jersey also rose sharply to 302 (from 223 in 2013), making up almost 40 percent of the incoming freshman class.

In addition, 185 students were recruited to join one of Stevens’ 26 varsity sports teams.

The admissions office saw noteworthy increases in students interested in pursuing electrical engineering, computer science and studies in the College of Arts and Letters (CAL).

On the graduate side, applications for fall 2014 increased 23 percent over last year's number. 

“We expect our new enrollments to exceed 750 full-time and 300 part-time graduate students,” said Shobi Sivadasan, Associate Dean of Graduate Admissions. There was a significant increase of international graduate students from last year, representing more than 66 nations. China, India and Brazil were particularly strongly represented in this year's graduate incoming class.

Stevens also increased its cohort of both domestic full-time and domestic part-time graduate students, Sivadasan added.

According to Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Marybeth Murphy, “I am looking forward to meeting this incredible group of incoming students. I cannot wait to see and hear about their innovative, cutting edge ideas and what they will do to realize their dreams. I am certain that their accomplishments during their years here at Stevens will make us proud."