Dominique DeMoe | The Observer With the class of 2022, Notre Dame has seen its highest yield rate since 2002, in the pre-Common Application days: of the 3,608 students admitted, 2,070 will enroll this fall, associate vice president of student enrollment Don Bishop said.The incoming first-year class will be about 20 students larger than previous years, an increase Bishop attributes to the University’s financial aid, additional recruitment and growing academic reputation.“With 2,070 students they don’t have to be alike at all,” he said. “So it’s not just socioeconomic [status], how many low income, middle income [students], or race. It’s also kind of a state of mind and the approaches students take.”This year, 20,371 students applied for admission to the class of 2022, Bishop said. Of the incoming freshman class, 38 percent were ranked in the top 1 percent of their class, and the middle 50 percent of the class scored between 1410 and 1540 on the SAT or between 33 and 35 on the ACT.Still, these numbers aren’t everything, Bishop said. Two-thirds of Notre Dame applicants with an SAT score between 1500 and 1600 or an ACT of 33-36 were not admitted.“We’re looking for students that are really interested in learning,” Bishop said. “So it’s not just their academic statistics — it’s their motivation for their success.”In choosing the incoming freshman class, the University sought intellectually curious students who made the most of their resources, Bishop said.“We’re really interested in ‘Did they maximize their opportunities within the environment they’re from?’ because our students come from many, many different backgrounds and we don’t want to have a cookie-cutter approach that only one type of background fits,” he said.With students representing 66 countries, seven percent of incoming freshmen are international students, Bishop said. The incoming class is 80 percent Catholic and 26 percent are students of color. Additionally, 23 percent of incoming first years are children of alumni. The largest metro area for enrolled students is the New York City area, followed by Chicago.“It really is part of the quality of education to have a diversity of backgrounds — socioeconomic, cultural, racial and even fields of study, even political backgrounds, people’s different points of view,” Bishop said. “There’s a very healthy view at Notre Dame and I think among the high school population now that the more diverse you are, the more aware you’re going to be of the world we’re going to set you out into in four years.”Notre Dame will provide $147 million in undergraduate financial aid this year and 47 percent of students will receive need-based aid scholarships, Bishop said. Among the nation’s top 20 national private research universities, he said Notre Dame ranks in the top 10 for percentage of students receiving institutional financial aid.Through increased recruitment efforts, the University attracted increased numbers of middle income and low income students, Bishop said. This year, 15 percent of incoming students are Pell grant recipients, first generation students and students with a family income of less than $60,000.“We identify more schools of lower income and middle income and make sure we’re visiting them,” Bishop said. “We’re making sure that when students identify themselves as coming from those backgrounds … we try to connect with those kids as often as we can.”The University also sought diversity of students’ academic interests and their varied approaches to learning, Bishop said.“Part of diversity is having students that don’t know what they want to study at all, but also having a group that have a kind of pointed view of what they want to study,” he said. “You don’t want all students to have the same attitude towards their careers or their way of learning.“There are some students that really want to walk into a field of study, find out what the requirements are and then just go do it and you have others that say ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do in ten years and I’m not worried about it. I’m just going to learn and take a broader look at my education.’”Ultimately, however, there are certain shared characteristics that define the class of 2022, Bishop said.“[We look for] kind of a sense of independence and drive but a healthy sense of drive, not this kind of self-inflicted ‘I have to be number one to be successful’ or ‘I have to be number one to be anything,’” he said.Furthermore, Bishop said, this year’s incoming freshmen exhibited a desire to improve the world around them and gratitude for what others have done for them.“I think that’s the Notre Dame brand,” he said. “I think our students, by self-selection, by recognizing the brand of the University, tend to be disproportionately interested in helping others, being kind.”In an email, Bishop added that the admissions team “uses numbers to describe each new class more than we use numbers to select every new first-year class.”“Notre Dame has a unique message that tends to cause students to self-select,” he said. “This is again the most qualified class statistically that we have ever enrolled. More important than their numbers that impress will be how the students joining our community choose to use their talents and how we engage them.”Tags: Admissions, Class of 2022, Notre Dame admissions, Welcome Weekend, Welcome Weekend 2018
Much smaller crowd in D.C. than anticipated. National Guard, Secret Service, and D.C. Police have been doing a fantastic job. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2020 On Saturday night, the commander-in-chief tweeted: Large crowds had traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd continued the trend of maintaining peaceful demonstrations on Saturday.There were no arrests during demonstrations in D.C. on Thursday and Friday, which marked the seventh and eighth straight days of protests there.In addition, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser canceled the curfew that had been in place since last Monday. President Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that he has given an order for the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the nation’s capital, after thousands of people took part in peaceful protests to address police brutality and racial injustice earlier in the weekend.I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control. They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2020
STATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUPGovernor Newsom’s office is correct in acknowledging that we have made progress in reducing equine fatalities and we too recognize that there is still more work to be done. At Santa Anita, we continue to search for additional ways to improve safety and transparency and are fully committed to achieving the highest standards of care in Thoroughbred racing. Since March 2019, we have advocated for and implemented safety reforms unseen in our sport for generations. We are one of the country’s largest racetracks and training centers with 3000 dedicated horse people who work diligently to ensure that the 420,000 racing and training sessions that occur every year are conducted under the safest possible conditions.Each and every day, our priority is returning the horses who race and train at our facility to the safety of their barn. We will continue to build on the reforms in place while doing everything within our power to push for further meaningful reforms that put horse and rider safety at the forefront.
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal has battled adversity to secure Olympic qualification and his journey to Rio has been made even more remarkable following a childhood bout of aquaphobia and fears for his mother’s health during his final preparations.EARLY HARDSHIPSHailing from a drought-hit region in Maharashtra, the daily fight for the treasured commodity led him to develop a fear of water as a youth and it was not until he joined the army in 2012, that he learned to swim. (Sushil Kumar’s Olympic dreams over, Narsingh Yadav set for Rio)His phobia conquered, the 25-year-old Bhokanal booked his ticket to Rio after winning a silver medal in the men’s single sculls event at the Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea in April.Bhokanal gave up his studies to support his family after his father died of cancer in 2011 and his qualification can also be regarded as a reward for his ability to perform through another tragedy, which almost derailed his Olympic dreams. (Judoka Avtar Singh books Rio Olympics ticket)FAMILY TRAGEDYShortly before he was due to depart for South Korea, his mother suffered brain damage in a fall resulting in almost total amnesia.”It was difficult for me to concentrate during the event,” Bhokanal told Reuters in an interview. “I was worried about what was happening back at home.”Then I told myself ‘I can’t go on worrying about whatever is happening back home and must focus on the job at hand’.”Bhokanal, the eldest of three brothers, tried to call his mother after securing qualification for the Olympics but was told she had slipped into a coma.advertisementHe rushed back to attend to her but the positive news that she had regained consciousness was soon negated by the fact she could not recognise him with doctors saying her recovery was likely to take at least six months. (Leander Paes’ ticket to Rio lies in Bopanna and Sania’s hands)”She still does not recognise me as her son,” an emotional Bhokanal said.Standing an imposing 6 foot 4 inches (1.95 metres) tall, Bhokanal was encouraged to take up rowing in the army but his transition from land to water was far from smooth.He initially kept toppling out of the boat and was fairly certain it was a task that did not suit him.Undeterred, he continued to train and a fifth-place finish in the double sculls at the 2014 Asian Games convinced him he had a future in the sport. The next year, he won a silver medal in single sculls at the Asian Championships in China.CONFIDENT OF MEDAL FINISHBhokanal is confident of bringing back a medal for his country from Rio and wants to do something for his villagers, who still have little access to drinking water.”I want to do something to solve the water crisis in my village,” he said. “I will surely do something to at least solve the problem of drinking water for my people.”