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School of Communication welcomes new class of 2014

A group of 223 young people from across the country and around the globe who’ve never met are about to have something in common: their first week at Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

Among the facts they’ll soon discover about themselves:
-90 percent are from the United States
-24 are citizens of other nations; 14 arrive directly from other nations
-147 are female
-7 will be Northwestern intercollegiate athletes

Where does our new class come from? Illinois contributes the largest group—34 new Wildcats. We also welcome 23 from California and 21 from New York.

Among the students arriving directly from other nations, The Republic of Korea (South Korea) sends the most: 7. Other students in the class are citizens of China, Columbia, El Salvador, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Among the athletes, three of the seven will join Northwestern’s lacrosse team. The field hockey, football, cross country, and softball teams will all gain one new teammate from the school.

Almost 44 percent of the incoming class will study in the school’s renowned Department of Theatre as theatre or dance majors. The Department of Radio/Television/Film will gain another 62 students; the Department of Communication Studies will welcome 50. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will greet 10 new majors. The school’s Department of Performance Studies—a small, exclusive program—will welcome three.

New students, faculty and staff will be officially welcomed at the School of Communication’s first annual Beach Party on Sept. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, email

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