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Fun Facts About the Class of 2024

by Janelle Hill Sep 9, 2020

The Class of 2024 came to campus during a year unlike any other. And for first-year student Hailey Chapple, traveling across the country to attend DeSales was an easy decision.  

“I am from Lakewood, California,” says the nursing major. “Coming from a state that is a hot spot for COVID-19 cases, my family and I decided that it was actually safer for me to travel to Pennsylvania than stay at home.”  

The Class of 2024 is comprised of 471 first-year students from 15 states, including California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Combined with a total of 65 transfer students, DeSales welcomed 536 new faces to campus this fall—including Chapple.

“I am really glad that DeSales brought everyone on campus. Having experienced a fully online course load toward the last leg of my senior year, I realized that going fully online was a struggle for my ability to learn.”

 Hailey Chapple, nursing major

For Derrick Wetzel and the enrollment staff, recruiting students during COVID-19 was extremely challenging without being able to have an in-person Bulldog Bash/Accepted Students Day or tours of campus. 

“I think collectively the faculty, staff, and administration did a wonderful job pivoting in a virtual environment to get as many freshman students as we have,” says Wetzel, associate vice president for enrollment management. “As we always say, it’s a team effort. Everyone has chipped in and rallied for this class.” 

Some other fun facts about this year’s freshman class: 

  • 27 percent identify as a student of color or minority. 
  • 60 percent are female and 40 percent are male.
  • The average ACT score is 25.
  • The average SAT score is 1130. 
  • The average GPA is 3.35.
  • Six students received the Leadership Scholarship—a full-tuition scholarship awarded to students who have shown outstanding leadership in their high school careers and who plan to continue to develop those skills at DeSales.