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As of July 5, 605 students have paid deposits to enroll in the class. The proportion of students ranking in the top 10 percent of their high-school class is 62 percent and the mean SAT score is 1276, an all-time high.

The College received 5,728 applications, the second-highest total ever. The acceptance rate is 37 percent, and the proportion of admitted students enrolling, or yield, is 28 percent.

In the last decade the average SAT score of incoming classes has improved by 56 points. The ratio of students in the top decile in high-school class rank has grown by 68 percent. At the same time Lafayette has improved its acceptance rate and yield by 41 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

Students of color make up 18 percent of the class, with 84 U.S. minority students and 25 foreign nationals of color. The class includes 47 percent women.

Academic scholarships continue to help Lafayette become the college of choice for increasing numbers of top applicants. Under the Lafayette Scholars program, 95 of the most outstanding members of the class of 2009 will receive more than $1 million in financial awards based on academic merit. These include 71 students named Marquis Scholars and 24 students selected to receive Trustee Scholarships.

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