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Class of 2022: Newly admitted students find a home at W&M

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    Welcome to W&M:  A prospective student points to her name on a banner at last year's Day for Admitted Students.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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Home sweet home.

That’s what one of the newest members of the Tribe called the university on social media after admission notifications went out to William & Mary’s Class of 2022.

More than 5,000 letters of acceptance were sent to prospective W&M freshmen on March 23. Many of those students will be on campus Saturday for the annual Day for Admitted Students.

“I always look forward to our Day for Admitted Students,” said Tim Wolfe, associate provost for enrollment and dean of admission. “It’s a chance for the entire university to come together and welcome the newest members of the Tribe.

“For those of us in the admission office, it has added meaning as we have the opportunity to meet the many students who impressed and inspired us throughout this application cycle. Based on the strength of their applications and stories, I know the Class of 2022 will be a powerful, positive force on our campus and as members of our academic community.”

About 14,640 people applied to be among this fall’s incoming freshmen, and 36 percent of those prospective students were selected to receive offers of admission. When the new academic year begins in August, the Class of 2022 is expected to include about 1,530 students.

Once again, the year’s group of admitted students is academically accomplished with a median SAT score of 1460 and a median ACT composite score of 33. Eighty-seven percent of students are ranked in the top 10 percent of their classes.

The group is also diverse, with representation from all 50 U.S. states and 48 other countries. International students make up 7 percent of the admitted students, and 30 students are expected to participate in the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme. Students of color make up 35 percent of the admitted students.

Approximately 1,000 of the students are expected to be on campus Saturday along with about 2,000 family members. The day’s events include opportunities to meet with current students and faculty and the chance to learn more about the university’s classes, clubs, amenities and more. Students should use the personalized link that was included in their email invitation to register for the event.

Staff members in the Office of Undergraduate Admission sent email notifications to accepted students a few days before sending acceptance letters via the postal service. Each of the letters included a green and gold metallic banner with the university’s logo and Class of 2022 on it. As students received notification of their acceptance, many of them posted to social media with the banners, while current members of the W&M community welcomed them and reminisced about when they were accepted into the Tribe.

Posting a photo to Twitter, one newly accepted student summed up her reaction in three words: “Best. Friday. Ever.”