Wright State boosts number of valedictorians, salutatorians taking classes this fall

Lina Nahhas, an english major at Wright State, is one of 174 undergraduate students who were high school valedictorians or salutatorians in the school’s freshmen class. Photo Provided.

The number of valedictorians and salutatorians attending Wright State University has increased dramatically over the last five years.

Valedictorians and salutatorians enrolled at Wright State has increase by more than 78 percent since 2013, according to the school.

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There were 301 of the top high school grads taking classes at WSU in 2013 and there are 538 there as of this fall, the school reported. The increase amounts to a 237-student bump over five years.

Around 174 of the valedictorians and salutatorians are new students this year, the school reported.

Valedictorians and salutatorians help raise the academic profile of the total student body and are retained at a very high level. Eighty-seven percent of high school valedictorians and salutatorians graduate in five years, according to Wright State.

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Wright State changed its criteria for valedictorians and salutatorians, making the high school grade point average requirement a minimum of 3.75 for both valedictorians and salutatorians scholarships, according to the school.

“All of the new students met or exceeded the required GPA, making this the largest incoming class of val/sal students and the largest total group of these highly qualified students in any given year,” said Mary Ellen Ashley, vice president for enrollment management.

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