First-Year Student Profile

Who’s a Bear?With curious minds hungry for discovery, we work hard to achieve our goals.

Meet the members of the class of 2018.

Our students are intelligent, motivated, and academically curious. A typical entering class includes 475 students, evenly divided between men and women. Fifty percent are from outside Pennsylvania and twenty-seven percent self-identify as students of color.

We attract students with proven success in advanced college prep high school programs and records of achievement outside the classroom. 

Class of 2018

Students entering fall of 2014:

  • 2,676 applications total
  • SAT range: 570 - 670 on each of three parts
  • ACT range: 27 - 28
  • 56% with high school GPA above 3.5
  • 83% with high school GPA above 3.0

An Active Group

Members of the class of 2018 were involved in a range of activities and experiences.

  • Varsity Athletes: 186
  • Varsity Captains: 122
  • Community Service/Volunteer work: 168
  • Employed: 35
  • Dance/Orchestra/Band/Chorus: 134
  • Religious programs/work: 19
  • NHS: 74
  • President/founder of club: 43
  • Cultural/language/academic clubs: 27
  • DECA: 6
  • FBLA: 5
  • Eagle Scout: 7
  • Girl Scout: 6
  • Writing Fellow: 8
  • Tutor: 10
  • Research: 7
  • Internships: 16
  • CFML: 2
  • School Spirit Organizations: 7
  • Class Prez: 8
  • SGA/Student Council: 41
  • Exchange Programs: 12
  • School Newspaper/magazine: 23
  • Yearbook: 8
  • Freelance Journalism: 1
  • Animal volunteer/sustainability work: 5
  • Coaching: 15
  • Alumni relations/admission work: 2
  • Debate: 6
  • Robotics: 7
  • Art (both hobby and competition): 32
  • Martial arts: 6
  • Key club: 12
  • Published authors: 3
  • Actors: 21

 Some Unique Interests

  • 1 student worked as a panelist for a website to produce PSA’s about drug and gun violence
  • 6 special Olympic volunteers
  • 1 student was a part of the World Travelers program
  • 2 students involved in Habitat for Humanity
  • 4 students in Interact club
  • 1 NASA volunteer
  • 1 student went to Dolphin Camp
  • 1 student did research through UPENN
  • 1 student did research with STEM
  • 2 students participated/taught sailing
  • 2 students involved in Girls Take Charge
  • 4 students assisted with Hurricane Sandy relief work
  • 1 student was part of a club that bought a portion of the rainforest to fundraise to preserve it
  • 1 student is the owner of Philly 5 Interviews: interviewed Moosh and Twist!
  • 2 equestrian
  • 3 library assistants
  • 1 student is a Waltz and Tango Instructor
  • 1 student is the Founder of Sitcom Producing Club
  • 1 student is an Art Historian
  • 1 student is a Spoken Word Club Head
  • 1 student is a Hindu Temple Youth Leader
  • 1 student is a Glass Blower
  • 1 student is a Implementer of an Anti-Bullying Campaign, Green Dot
  • 1 student is a Composer
  • 1 student is a President of Creative Writing Club
  • 1 student is Drum Major of their Marching Band
  • 2 students are Athletic MVPs