Top 25 of 2012: Freshman class improves in number, quality

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 6

Northern Illinois University welcomed its largest freshman class in several years, up 2.9 percent compared to 2011to 2,664.

NIU has released Fall 2010 enrollment numbers.

NIU has released Fall 2010 enrollment numbers.

Just as important as the number of new students enrolled was the academic profile of the incoming class. The percentage of students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school rose from 8.9 percent in 2011 to just over 11 percent this year. The number of students graduating in the top 25th percentile fo their high school class jumped to 32.7 percent (up more than 3 percent) and the mean GPA climbed half a point to 3.11.

More details on this year’s freshman class can be found here.

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