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Oct. 5, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 3

Freshmen Seem Ready for Challenges

Many have taken AP biology or multi-variable calculus, scored among the best students in nation on their SATs and navigated the increasingly selective admission process.

But for members of the Boston College Class of 2010, the biggest challenge they face now at college may be each other.

"Every day I meet someone new who was all-world in something," said Frank Trager '10, a Carroll School of Management student from suburban Chicago. "I just met a kid who's a sponsored wind surfer. I've never met anyone like that."

Trager is one of 2,284 members of a freshman class that, by many measures, is the most talented BC has ever accepted - and that talent has been exhibited both within and beyond the classroom walls.

Inside the classroom, the Class of 2010 - chosen from an applicant pool of 26,584, BC's largest ever - has composite middle 50 percent SAT scores ranging from 1900-2100 and almost 36 percent of its members were accepted via early action.

Outside the classroom, the Class of 2010's excellence may be difficult to quantify, but administrators say it is abundant.

"We have people who have excelled in many different things: people with great musical ability, people with student government experience, people with great athletic ability," said Director of Undergraduate Admissions John Mahoney. "We've built a community that will enrich the quality of life for everyone on campus."

For some members of the Class of 2010 gathered for lunch at Carney's in McElroy Commons recently, Mahoney's words ring true.

"BC is definitely a work hard-play hard kind of place," said freshman Elizabeth Sherry of Chester, NJ. "It's really a competitive atmosphere."

Filip Stosic of Lincoln Park, NJ, agreed, but said that BC's reputation as a strong academic institution - as well as its proximity to Boston - was what attracted him, and many of his fellow freshmen, in the first place.

"This school has a lot to offer at every level," said the finance major.

While there's no telling how the academic success of the class will manifest itself in other areas, observers say it's fair to assume that academic success goes hand-in-hand with success in other ventures.

"I think for a few years now we've been seeing students come in with a high levels of talent and all sorts of experiences before they've even started college," said Associate Dean for Student Development Paul Chebator."We have students who have traveled abroad and held leadership positions throughout high school in areas like student government, student newspapers and yearbooks. These are very talented students. It is a real challenge for us to respond."

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-Stephen Gawlik

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