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Class of 2014 Profile

If you’re part of the Class of 2014, you’re in rare company. Among your peers are a fashion model who has worked throughout Europe, a fashion designer who spent over 800 hours creating 35 outfits for a show, a climbing enthusiast who has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, an actor who worked on the set of “One Tree Hill,” a pop star’s nanny and a student who begins her college career with 39 hours of AP credit.

You and your 2,039 classmates possess an extremely broad range of interests and talents. One of you enjoys offshore spearfishing while another has been trained to tag sharks. One is a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, while another has received U.S. Army distinction as an Iron Man, a sharpshooter and an EMS technician. One teaches sailing to inner city children while another spent two summers teaching in Tanzania. And collectively, you form one of the most geographically diverse classes in the College’s history. You have peers from as close as a few blocks away and as far as Australia. There are those who graduated from high schools in California, Texas, Minnesota and Vermont, as well Bermuda, England, Mexico, Denmark, Singapore and the Netherlands. 

And many in your class are well connected with the College. One hundred and twenty-seven have siblings that attended or still attend the College. Ninety-four have parents who are alums, and three have grandparents among the alumni.

Class of 2014: By the Numbers

2,039   Number of freshmen
801   Number of transfers and readmitted students
43   Number of states represented in addition to the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands
12   Number of countries represented including The Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Ivory Coast, Australia, China, Bermuda, Mexico, Singapore, Virgin Islands and the United States.
107   Number of students from one state other than S.C. (Ga.)

 Class of 2014: A Closer Look

  • Largest feeder high schools: Wando High School (64), Charleston County School of the Arts (24), Summerville High School (24), Ft. Mill  (23), James Island (23), Academic Magnet (20), Lexington High School (20), Bishop England  High School (18).
  • An author of children’s books.
  • Two Eagle Scouts.
  • A nationally ranked sailor.
  • A competitive horseback rider.
  • A tap and clog dancer.
  • A registered and published author of poetry.
  • An LDTV sideline reporter.
  • A radio DJ.
  • The co-founder of Stop Teen Suicide.
  • The founder of PASTAtlanta (People Against Slavery & Trafficking).

Class of 2014: Academic Profile

The middle 50 percent of freshmen accepted for fall 2010:

  • Scored between 1070 and 1230 (in-state), and 1140 and 1280  (out-of-state) on the SAT.
  • Scored between 23 and 27 (in-state),  and 25 and 29 (out-of-state) on the ACT.  
  • Graduated in the top 20 percent  of the class.
  • Had consistent academic achievement in the A/B range.
  • Four students with an 800 score on the Math section of the SAT, one with an 800 score on the Critical Reading section.
  • Two students with scores of 34 out of 36 on the ACT.
4   National Merit Program Scholars
2   National Achievement Program Scholars

* The information above is preliminary. Official data will be available in October 2010.

Honors College: Class of 2014 Academic Profile

  182   total number of freshmen
  10   high school valedictorians
  4   high school salutatorians
  1   student who scored a perfect 800 on the verbal section of the SAT
  4   students who scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT
  3   students with enough AP/IB credit to be college juniors
  11   students with enough AP/IB credit to be college sophomores
  1340   average SAT
  29   average ACT
  4.36   average weighted GPA
  3.80   average unweighted GPA
  94%   average percent rank in class

Honors College: Class of 2014 Academic Profile

  1340   average SAT
  29   average ACT
  4,36   average weighted GPA
  3.80   average unweighted GPA
  94%   average percent rank in class

Honors College: Class of 2014 William Aiken Fellows

  16   total number of students
  1460   average SAT
  32   average ACT
  4,78   average weighted GPA
  3.96   average unweighted GPA
  99%   average percent rank in class

Class of 2014: Beloit Mindset

Each August for the past 13 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. See what Beloit says about the Class of 2014.

Class of 2014: Spotlight

Arvaughnna Postema

Arvaughnna Postema

Talk about busy! Arvaughnna could be the poster child for maximum involvement in high school. Apart for excelling in the classroom at Richland Northeast High in Columbia, SC, she ran as a sprinter with the track team, played trombone with the school's marching band and was elected as one of two graduation speakers. It doesn't stop there. During her final two years, she was the band's drum major, a homecoming queen, manager of the wrestling team and one of two students to complete three of four possible magnet programs. It's not surprising, then, that when the Young and Gifted Awards were handed out to select high school students around the state last spring, Arvaughnna was acknowledged for her leadership skills.

Now, she's simply happy to be enrolled at the College, where she says she really likes the campus environment. "It's beautiful and it's friendly. When I first came here, everyone was so nice and welcoming. It was clear that they all wanted me to succeed even thought I hadn't committed to the College. I guess that's southern hospitality."

Arvaughnna hopes to pursue a degree in communication and perhaps go into advertising. One thing's clear, there's a strong chance she'll find her way into a few extracurricular pursuits while she's here.

Matthew McClam

Matthew McClam

At Hammond School in Columbia, SC, Matthew was known as an offensive force on the school’s varsity soccer team. During his junior and senior years, his scoring prowess ensured that he was named to the South Carolina Interscholastic Soccer Association’s All-State and All-Region Teams. He’ll tell you that he comes by his athletic ability honestly – his dad played basketball at the College of Charleston under Coach John Kresse. And, while he was in elementary and middle school, Matthew regularly served as ball boy during men’s basketball games here at the College.

"I really like the atmosphere in Charleston," he says, adding that he’ll be in good company with two other Hammond graduates enrolling, along with a few other friends from high schools in Columbia joining the Class of 2014. 

When it comes to academics, Matthew is looking forward to pursuing a major in economics and possibly a concentration in real estate. To develop some background in business, he spent the summer working with an international marketing firm as a representative for Cutco knives. "That was actually good communication experience. I had to establish a strong rapport with my clients and then get them to recommend me to others. And, I had a lot of fun with it, too."

Amy Kubie

Amy Kubie

Amy is a sailor; a sailboat racer to be precise. She has sailed her whole life, and counts as a highlight the fact that her team from Green Farms Academy near Westport, CT, won the state championship last spring. Given the number of top sailing schools in this region, that's really a triumph. For Amy, it was particularly memorable because it's something she says the school had never accomplished before. "The team really came together last spring, and that made it special for all of us, especially for such a small school."

Though she spent part of this past summer teaching sailing, when asked to describe herself and her interests, she's more apt to mention her involvement with the Wolf Conservation Center nearby in New York state, where she volunteered for two years. Amy assisted with the center's educational outreach by working with visitors, helping them understand and appreciate the unique role that wolves play in the broader ecology of North America.

Now, she's ready to focus on her classes, with initial thoughts of pursuing a degree in visual arts or business, or both. And, if it all works out, she'll also be doing some serious sailboat racing.