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As University of Connecticut students prepare to start classes for the 2022-23 academic year Monday, school officials said the Class of 2026 will be the most diverse in the history of the state’s flagship university.
According to UConn, the Class of 2026 includes more than 5,800 incoming first-year students at the university’s campuses statewide, including 4,075 at Storrs, which is a record.
UConn said a record 47% of the newcomers are students of color, which includes students of Asian descent as well as Black, Hispanic, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaska native students. The enrollment numbers are preliminary with the final numbers coming out on the semester’s 10th day.
In addition, UConn said that more than 25% of the new students will be the first generation in their families to attend higher education; and 30% have personal or family incomes that qualify them for federal Pell grant aid. That’s a jump from 22% qualifying for federal Pell grant aid in 2010.
The university also reports that 56% of the Storrs first-year students are from the Nutmeg State but, overall, with regional campuses included, almost 68% of the first-year students come from in-state. Students from 42 states and 38 countries are represented in the first-year student category. Nine percent of students are from outside of the country.
In addition to Storrs, UConn has campuses in Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Avery Point.
In total, there are about 23,750 undergraduates across all campuses this fall; about 18,800 based at Storrs.
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