Counting the Class of 2017

September 5, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Bethel's newest class by the numbers

News | Sarah Boadwine


Have you met a freshman named Kathryn? It's the most popular female name in the class of 2017.

Bethel welcomed 662 freshmen to its student body during the final week of August. These eager students took the school by storm, arriving along with readmits, transfers, and returning students. The class of 2017 combines with the rest of Bethel to make a total student body of 2,615 students. As the year starts and the new students settle in, here are a few more details about the class of 2017.

This year’s freshmen come from all over the country and the world. 77 percent of the students originate from Minnesota, while 23 percent is divided between 25 states and several countries. Wisconsin follows Minnesota for the most incoming freshmen, and Illinois comes in third. This freshman class represents places from all over the world, including Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Germany, United Arab Emirates and Guatemala.

The freshman class is also indecisive, at least when it comes to choosing their area of study. 15 percent of the incoming class is undecided in their choice in area of study. Nursing is close behind in second with business/economics coming in at third.

It won’t be a surprise if students find themselves getting whiplash by the amount of times they hear the names Kathryn and Daniel being said around campus this year. The incoming class has 17 Kathryns and 11 Daniels. The class of 2017 is no different from previous years in its ability to bring in impressive numbers of Johnsons and Andersons to campus. With 4 percent of freshmen having the last name Johnson or Anderson, the two are the most popular surnames.

Brains are definitely not something that the new students are lacking. The incoming class has 43 valedictorians and salutatorians. The average ACT score is 25.2, which happens to be the second highest on record. With such an academically gifted class, the University is getting a run for its money, as three quarters of the new students have received academic scholarships.

The students in the class of 2017 are experts in unusual areas. This group of students includes an accomplished fire torch juggler, a published novelist, an award-winning sports editor and several mountain climbers.


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