With all the new faces on campus, it may be difficult for veteran Queens students to get to know all of their new peers.
While it’s impossible to individually introduce the 285 freshman and exchange students and the 90 transfer students, hopefully these facts and statistics provided by admissions counselor Caitlin O’Rourke, a 2011 graduate of Queens herself, will give the more experienced Royals a better understanding of their new classmates.
As far as grades go, this new crop of Royals slightly exceeds last year’s newcomers. Last year’s freshman, transfers and exchange traditional undergraduate students brought a 3.61 average GPA to Queens, but this year’s students in that same group have a 3.71 GPA, in addition to averaging 940-1150 on the reading and math sections of the SAT. As would be expected, the high schools that produced the most freshmen are from North Carolina, as Charlotte Catholic High School and Lake Norman Charter both provided multiple students each. Interestingly, the public high school closest to Queens, Myers Park High School, only produced one Royal in this group of new students.
Although many of the new students have not yet declared their majors (undecided students make up the third largest group), the top two majors already declared are business and nursing. In addition to these typically well-studied fields, Queens also witnessed a significant growth in the interior architecture & design, mathematics and pre-law majors.
Outside the classroom, a significant portion of the newcomers spend their time training, practicing and playing sports for Queens, as over 150 students (approximately 47.5 percent) represent one of the 18 NCAA teams or three club teams (cheerleading, field hockey and triathlon).
Represented within the ranks of freshman Royals are a four-time state champion (Darnell Dunn, men’s basketball), a four-time national qualifier (Regan O’Hara, women’s cross country), a four-time team captain (Anika Sichelstiel, women’s lacrosse), a four-year MVP (Ben Wallace, men’s soccer), a seven-time All-American (Mitchell Frey, men’s swimming) and a three-time national champion (Nick Crott, men’s swimming).
This year’s set of American newcomers make up 91.8 percent of the new class and represents 30 states total. Nearly half (49.55 percent, to be exact) hail from the Old North State, but Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York and South Carolina are also strongly represented. The furthest traveled from within the union is 3,480 miles by a student from America’s 49th state, Alaska.
Montgomery County is the most represented county– kind of. The new class includes students from multiple Montgomery Counties in different states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas).
Maintaining Queens’ typical ratio, this year’s class of newcomers is almost 70 percent female and 32.5 percent is multi-cultural. Nearly 92 percent live in one of the four freshman dorms on campus (Albright, Barnhardt, Hall Brown Overcash and Hayes), with the remaining 8.36 percent commuting from within Mecklenburg County or one of the surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lancaster [S.C.], Lincoln, Union, or York [S.C.]).
And although Queens classes will no longer be in session by then, be sure to wish a freshman–by that point a rising sophomore– a “Happy Birthday” on May 22, as six new Royals were born on that date.