That description applies to the University of Louisville’s incoming freshman class this fall, the largest and most academically well-prepared in the school’s history. The new students move into residence halls Wednesday and start classes next week.

Here’s a quick look at the Fall 2014 class profile:

  •    2,908 incoming students have enrolled
  •    55 percent are entering with some college credit
  •    82 percent are Kentucky residents
  •    41 percent are from Jefferson County
  •    22 percent are students of color
  •     36 U.S. states are represented

In Fall 2013, UofL’s incoming students had an average 25.2 ACT score and 52 percent had previous college credit.

“We continue to attract high-achieving students from all over Kentucky and from many other states,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “This shows that UofL is a place top students want to be.” 

A record number of new students will live on campus this fall, said Shannon Staten, UofL’s housing and residence life director. Based on preliminary figures, 2,050 new students will live in university housing compared to 1,965 last fall, 1,817 in Fall 2012 and 1,730 in Fall 2011.

Biology, nursing, mechanical engineering and psychology remain the most popular declared degree programs for incoming students.