Seton Hall University

Class of 2023 Breaks Record for Most Applicants, Largest Class, and Highest Average SAT and ACT - Again  

Image of Seton Hall Green. x320More than 23,000 would-be Pirates completed applications for the Class of 2023, making this the fifth year in a row that Seton Hall has broken the record for student applicants.

Over the last three years the number of applicants to Seton Hall has risen approximately 40%.

Of those 23,000-plus applicants, more than 1,615 freshmen are registered and set to begin classes. That makes for the largest undergraduate class in Seton Hall history, beating last year's record-breaking class of 2022, which enrolled 1,524 freshman.

In addition to a record-breaking number of applicants and students, the largest class in Seton Hall's history has continued the trend of rising academic achievement. The class of 2023 has the highest average SAT score in Seton Hall history – 1235, up 20 points in the last two years – and the highest ACT average, 26.5.

"As our reputation for academic excellence and employment outcomes has grown, so has our pool of applicants and the quality of our students," said Vice President for Enrollment Management Alyssa McCloud. "We continue to attract some of the best and brightest in this country and throughout the world. The long and storied history of Seton Hall is unfolding in new and exciting ways as our students and graduates continue to show what great minds can do."

While sustaining academic excellence in its incoming class, Seton Hall also has held its commitment to diversity in all forms and its identity as a university of opportunity: 25% of all incoming students are Pell eligible; 45% identify as students of color; and 36% of all students come from out of state. In addition, 25% are the first generation of their families to attend college.

Meet Some of Our Newest Pirates

Nicholas JohnstonNicholas Johnston from Smithtown, New York plans to major in classical studies. "When I met Professor Mascio at Open House, he was so hands-on, passionate and enthusiastic about the classical studies program and that convinced me to pursue it." Johnston is excited to take college-level classes and has a full schedule of courses that include Greek, philosophy, logic and western civilization. He also looks forward to attending men's basketball games in the fall. He is interested in playing intramural basketball and taking advantage of the recreation center.

Tarini Sharma Tarini Sharma is from Rawatbhata, India. She is majoring in economics and wants to ultimately work with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh – a micro finance organization and community development bank. Sharma hopes to empower women in impoverished countries through targeted economic investments that encourage financial stability through entrepreneurship. She hopes to begin her work here at Seton Hall.

Andrew and Matt YoungbergAndrew and Matt Youngberg are twins from Montgomery Township, New Jersey. They are following in the footsteps of their mom, Lisa '83/M.B.A. '90, and sister, Kristin '18. Andrew is studying economics and finance and is a member of the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development Honors Program. Matt is a marketing major and wants to be involved with Autism Speaks and become a Blue Crew tour guide just like his sister Kristin. Both brothers are ready to compete in intramural sports. When asked which intramurals, Andrew laughs, "All of them!"

Mojisola AdesanyaMojisola Adesanya is a pre-med biology major with a minor in women and gender studies. A first generation American, Adesanya's parents came from Nigeria. Her mother, who works at Seton Hall, is working on her doctorate degree here at the University; her father earned his master's degree here; and her brother is currently attending as an undergraduate. It may come as no surprise that she said, "Seton Hall feels like home."

Tim Smith and Mary Grace McNamaraTim Smith is a history major in the 4+3 Joint Bachelor's/M.D. program. From Pittsburgh, Smith is a member of the Honors Program and the Buccino Leadership Institute in the College of Arts & Sciences. He attended Central Catholic High School and while at Seton Hall, he hopes to continue his work with campus ministry and DOVE. Part of a Seton Hall family, Smith's parents met as students here on campus. Smith's uncle, Matt Stoessel, also met his wife here as a student on campus. Stoessel's son, Smith's cousin, continued the tradition, and met his future wife here on campus as well.

Interestingly enough, while Smith was being interviewed, he was sitting with Mary Grace McNamara, a history and secondary education major from Cranford, New Jersey whose parents also met at Seton Hall…

McNamara is an Honors program student and a member of the Buccino Leadership Institute in the College of Education and Human Services. Having attended public school, she is excited to be part of a school informed by Catholic values and to use her education in service to others. She plays the electric bass and hopes to become involved with WSOU as a DJ.

Kiara Webster Kiara Webster is a physics major from Vineland, New Jersey. She came to Seton Hall because of the reputation of the science program, small class sizes, enhanced opportunities for lab work, the university's NASA relationship and internships. She is looking forward to studying quantum mechanics and astrophysics and exploring the properties of black holes. Webster also wants to join the award-winning Brownson Speech and Debate Team as well as the Pep Band.

Chris De La Cruz Chris De La Cruz comes to Seton Hall from Fremont, Ca. as a first-generation college student. He plans to study business and is open to seeing how his studies can lead to a field that he enjoys. "I always wanted to be near New York City because of the internships available there, but didn't want to necessarily live in the city. Seton Hall is close enough to take advantage of those opportunities." He looks forward to gaining a valuable education here, as well as perhaps taking a scuba diving course since he is already certified.

Lorra de Guzman and Juliana SpectorLorra de Guzman is a nursing major  from Mount Royal, New Jersey. Although she visited a number of schools, she said she "felt right at home at Seton Hall," and "is happy to be here and glad to have the opportunity."

Juliana Spector is a pre-med biology major from South Harrison, New Jersey. She took part in the six-week pre-med summer program, Health Professions Advising, designed to assist students in developing the credentials necessary to gain entrance into post-baccalaureate programs in medicine, dentistry and optometry.

Mollie OlsenMollie Olsen from Tempe, Arizona is majoring in nursing. Though far from home, Mollie said she appreciated the community feel of the campus. Since Arizona and New Jersey are on completely opposite sides of the country, Olsen looks forward to meeting new people and becoming a part of the Seton Hall family. She hopes to expand her connections with students and professors on the East Coast. 

Bhavesh SolankiBhavesh Solanki is from Clifton, New Jersey and is a biology major who wants to become a physical therapist. He says that the excellence of the PT program brought him to Seton Hall. He also said he chose the University because of its proximity to home and he "already has friends here." Solanki is looking forward to classes and a new-found independence.

Gennarino Conzemius, Tommy Minar, and Henry KeeganThe Seton Hall Swim Team's newest members – Gennarino Conzemius from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tommy Minar from Oxford, Connecticut; and Henry Keegan from Needham, Massachusetts – all share a suite in Boland Hall. Conzemius plans on pursuing an M.B.A. in the five-year program of the Stillman School of Business He also wants to explore all the different concentrations Stillman has to offer. Minar is a nursing major who was drawn to Seton Hall by the quality of that program. Keegan is leaning toward a major in business administration. All three of the men were recruited for the swim team and are excited to begin practices and start swimming. And although they have only spent a few days on campus so far, they expressed enthusiasm for the team, the campus and each other.

Savannah WardSavannah Ward from New York City plans to study education. The first time she visited the campus she immediately felt welcomed. She loves the friendly atmosphere. "You don't really get that vibe from a lot of other schools," she noted. "It's nice to get the feeling that you belong somewhere." She is also interested in exploring the dual master's program in education and speech pathology during her time at Seton Hall. 

Tim DziekanTim Dziekan is from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is undeclared but is leaning toward political science and Spanish as a major and minor, respectively. He learned about Seton Hall at a college fair, and after visiting campus for Fall Open House, he said he felt "at home." Dziekan plays the bassoon, and he looks forward to joining the Seton Hall band and orchestra.

Lindsay PhelanLindsay Phelan from Dagsboro, Delaware is studying marketing with the Stillman School of Business. Phelan heard about Seton Hall after receiving admission materials in the mail, which prompted her to explore the University further. Once she toured the campus, she knew Seton Hall would be a good fit. She is excited to begin her academic career and dive into student life on campus.

Jared Schlachet Jared Schlachet is from Avon, Ohio. He is studying finance at the Stillman School of Business. He came to Seton Hall because of its proximity to New York, "the financial capital of the universe." Although he visited Fordham, NYU and a number of other schools, he said he "liked Seton Hall the most – by far." Schlachet is looking forward to joining in the Model United Nations team and going to Pirate Basketball games.

Jolie Candelore and Chase Cohen Jolie Candelore is from Fort Myers, Florida and is a diplomacy major and a Spanish minor. She came to Seton Hall based on a "generous" financial aid package and hopes to some day attend law school, where she plans to study sports contract law. Here on campus, she wants to engage in community service with DOVE and join Club Soccer.

Chase Cohen is a diplomacy major from Staten Island, New York. She is in the 5-Year B.S./M.A. program in Diplomacy and International Relations and the Honors program. Cohen wants to be involved in SGA here on campus and hopes to some day work within the U.N., preferably in women's education.

Jin Lee Vales and Quincy Slay Jin Lee Vales is from Mahwah, New Jersey and is a speech pathology and special education major. She came to Seton Hall because it was the only school she found that combined the two programs. In the dual-degree program she will spend four years in the education program and then two in the master's program in speech pathology. In high school, she volunteered at an elementary school as a teacher’s aide, which she said inspired her to pursue a career working with children.

Quincy Slay is from Jersey City, New Jersey and is a sport management major. He chose Seton Hall largely because of Center for Sport Management Director Charles Grantham, who served as the former executive vice president and executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. In high school, Slay managed social media for the sports teams. He is considering law school and becoming a sports agent.

Peyton SmithPeyton Smith from Perkasie, Pennsylvania decided to join the nursing program after her cousin, an alumna, gave her a tour of Seton Hall. She hopes to pick up a minor in business administration and wants to explore her interests further at the Fall Involvement Fair. She appreciates the close-knit environment that Seton Hall offers and was taken by the quality of the new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) Campus in Nutley/Clifton. "The new IHS campus is beautiful," she said. "It feels exactly like a hospital. You could not compare it to any other nursing building nor any other school."

Justin OosterwykJustin Oosterwyk from Pequannock, New Jersey plans to study biology and athletic training. He said he knew he wanted to come to Seton Hall after hearing about its excellent sports medicine program. Oosterwyk has been swimming since he was five years old and always dreamed of swimming in college. He really looks forward to getting started on his major and joining the Division I swim team at Seton Hall.

Gianaly SantiagoGianaly Santiago from Hoboken, New Jersey is majoring in communication in the College of Communication and the Arts. She liked the "bigger feel" of the campus but still appreciated the smaller, more inclusive community. Coming from a high school with a class size of 300, the move to Seton Hall is a big change for her, but she feels excited about engaging with other students on campus.

Zack MorganZack Morgan is from Southington, Connecticut and is majoring in business administration. A University Honors program student, he was impressed by the reputation of the Stillman School and said he liked the small campus and "home-like" feel at Seton Hall. Having played the sport in high school, he’s looking forward to participating in Club Volleyball.

Christiana Mones Christiana Mones is from Ramsey, New Jersey and is a 3 + 3 Dual Degree program with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and Seton Hall Law School. She chose Seton Hall because of the program and the Schools' proximity to New York City. Mones is interested in constitutional law as well as mergers and acquisitions, and is seriously considering a career in the military as part of the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG).

Devon Henry and Matthew MalveyRoommates Devon Henry and Matthew Malvey are both freshmen from Newton High School in Sussex County, NJ (in fact, at least 6 other students from their high school came to Seton Hall). Devon is no stranger to Seton Hall, as he is initially from Orange, New Jersey and both parents are alumni. He is a business major and hopes to go into law. Matthew is a music engineering major and would like to explore some business courses as well since his goal is to open his own music studio. He is also looking forward to participating in intramural sports. Devon would love to be involved with intramurals as well, but admits he'll be "kind of busy" working hard as an MLK Scholar. Both students are excited about their classes, which they both feel will help with their respective career goals.

Brooklyn Edwards Brooklyn Edwards from Michigan plans to study international relations and diplomacy. She came to Seton Hall to participate in the dual-degree program with Seton Hall Law School. While attending a scholarship awards ceremony on campus, she had the opportunity to explore what the campus has to offer. She said, "I have lived in Michigan my whole life, so the distance combined with the diplomacy school is incredible." Edwards is excited to experience living in an entirely new place.

Julie Myhal Julie Myhal from Jackson, New Jersey came to Seton Hall undecided, hoping that she will be able to explore a variety of subjects. The location of the main campus in South Orange, New Jersey had been a big factor in her decision to attend the University.

Megan PerreaultMegan Perreault from Wolcott, Connecticut is studying to be a physician assistant. The smaller campus size and inclusive community caught her attention. She is excited to attend the events geared toward freshman including the Target Run and the Block Party. She also comes to Seton Hall ready to support the Division I sports teams at all of their upcoming games this fall. 

Katie Longo Katie Longo from Milltown, New Jersey is majoring in nursing. She looks forward to exploring her new surroundings and the atmosphere at Seton Hall. "I felt at home when I first stepped on campus," said Longo. She is most excited about finding opportunities to get involved on campus and join student organizations.

Colin HamiltonColin Hamilton from Rockaway, New Jersey is a marketing major in the Stillman School of Business. Hamilton is no stranger to Seton Hall because both his father and brother attended before him. Colin looks forward to expanding his connections through networking opportunities with the Stillman School of Business.

Amanda CettaAmanda Cetta from Edison, New Jersey is majoring in biology and plans to get involved with the physician assistant program. The reputable programs offered by the College of Nursing attracted Cetta to Seton Hall. She also remembers instantly feeling at home in her dorm room on campus. She looks forward to attending her first week of classes and getting to know her fellow peers at Seton Hall.

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