Largest incoming class in 6 years
The largest group of new students since 1995354 freshmen and transfer studentsbegan classes in September. The size of the
current entering class is partly due to a higher portion of in-state studentsabout 30 percent (107), up from 26 percent in recent years.
Cornells incoming class boasts 13 high school valedictorians; 11 percent who scored 30 or higher on the ACT, with 25 the average
ACT composite; 25 percent who were in the top 10 percent of their high school class; an average GPA of 3.48, which is the highest average
for an incoming class in the last 10 years; and 38 percent with a high level of interest in community service.
Nobel laureateadvocates action
Nobel laureate and childrens rights advocate Betty Williams offered an Opening Convocation audience her blueprint for trying to right wrongs around the world.
Williams shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for founding the Community of Peace People, which joined Protestants and Catholics calling for an end to the fighting in Northern Ireland. Today Williams is founder and president of World Centers of Compassion for Children.
Since her visit, Cornell students have been assisting in her drive to collect 1 billion signatures on a petition to add childrens rights to the
United Nations International Bill of Human Rights.