The University of Central Arkansas Norbert O. Schedler Honors College anticipates its incoming 2017 class to be the largest and most diverse class in the program’s 35-year history.

This year the Schedler Honors College will welcome 90 new students. The incoming class will be comprised of 75 freshmen and 15 sophomore scholars. The incoming freshmen have an average high school GPA of 4.12 and an average ACT of 30, while the sophomore scholars have finished their first year of college with average GPA of 3.8. A quarter of these students come from ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education nationally.

The number of applicants has risen significantly each year for the last three years, and this year’s process resulted in the largest applicant pool in the 35-year history of the Schedler Honors College with more than 800 prospects, of whom 172 underwent interviews on the UCA campus.

“We have remained optimistic about our enrollment and the preparedness of our incoming freshman class for UCA. Our Honors College is no exception,” said UCA President Houston Davis. “This is more evidence to support our belief that our incoming freshman class will supersede many of our previous years’ enrollments in numbers and quality.”

The names and hometowns of the selected students in your area are as follows:

Name … City … Classification

Kyle Ashcraft … Cabot … Freshman

Autumne Kendricks … Ward … Freshman

Blake Mitchell … Austin … Freshman

Presley Mullins … Cabot … Freshman

Alexa Ramick … Lonoke … Freshman