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World-Class Students: Welcome to the Class of 2013

Members of the class of 2013 have arrived! They are the 685 first-year students who were selected from the largest pool of applicants—4,011—in Smith history.

An additional 102 transfer and nontraditional age students also have unpacked their bags, to bring the total of new students entering Smith this fall to 787.

Also new to campus this year are some 82 international students, nearly double the total in 2008. The top three countries from which they hail are China (30), South Korea (11) and Canada (6).

According to Dean of Enrollment Audrey Smith, applications from international students to Smith have nearly doubled in the past eight years, to 968 applicants this year. In 2002 international applicants submitted 16 percent of all applications to Smith; in 2009 they constituted 24 percent.

"We made a decision to increase the international representation in the Smith student body beginning with the class entering in 2009-10," says Smith. "Due to changing enrollment patterns, the largest number of international students at Smith this fall come from China."

The banners were painted and hung with great care: HONS (Heads of New Students), representing a variety of campus residences, gathered in Davis Ballroom before the start of fall classes to create and hand-paint banners welcoming members of the class of 2013. Once finished, they were hung over house front doors all across campus.

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