UofL’s incoming class has head start on college credits


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  More than half of the University of Louisville’s incoming class already has some college credits. That’s a trend that has grown steadily in recent years, UofL administrators said.

    “It says a lot about how closely we work with high schools to make sure college-bound students are ready,” said Executive Director of Admissions Jenny Sawyer. “That early start can make a world of difference because those with college credits save money, have more options for minors and double majors, and have additional opportunities such as internships and study abroad.”

    Preliminary numbers show that the incoming class will be nearly 2,700 students and have these hallmarks:

    • 57 percent have some college credits
    • 15.5 percent are African American
    • 5.6 percent are Hispanic/Latino
    • 73 percent will live on campus
    • 17 percent are first-generation college students
    • 25.3 is the average ACT score, well above the 2016 national average of 20.8 and Kentucky average of 20
    • 3.6 is the average high school grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale
    • 79 percent are Kentucky residents
    • 34 percent are from Jefferson County
    • 20.8 percent are from out of state
    • 41 states and 15 countries are represented
    • 18 percent were accepted into the honors program
    • Engineering, biology, business, nursing and education are the five most popular majors.


    First-year students will begin to arrive on campus Aug. 16. Many events and activities will greet them during Welcome Week. Classes begin Aug. 21.

    For more information, contact Sawyer at 502-852-4957.



    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.