The University of Iowa recently welcomed the most academically accomplished class in its 172-year history.

This fall’s incoming undergraduate class at the UI topped previous records in achievement with a higher average high school GPA, at 3.76, than any previous class. The average high school GPA for the Classes of 2022 and 2021 – the two previous bests – were 3.71 and 3.69, respectively.

“I’m delighted to welcome these new students, who bring so many different backgrounds and experiences and so many unique talents to our campus,” said Montserrat Fuentes, UI executive vice president and provost.

“Coming to the UI is going to be life-changing for these students. They are going to have amazing opportunities here, and we are committed to making sure they have the resources and support they need to achieve their goals. They will be challenged academically, develop new skills, discover new passions, and forge lifelong friendships. I am so excited to see where their journey will take them.”

The Class of 2023 is composed of 4,986 students, about 180 more students than last year, and comes after efforts by university administration to manage enrollment growth.

Local students newly enrolled at the University of Iowa this year are listed below.

Abigail Gingerich of Knoxville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ainsley Dunkin of Bussey; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Blaise Cooper of Melcher; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Connor Wahl of Knoxville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Emma Padellford of Pleasantville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Maxfield Eck of Knoxville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Payton Bumgardner of Pleasantville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Tess Ray of Pleasantville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Victoria Sheehey of Pleasantville; first year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Erica Blankenship of Knoxville; second year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Joseph Kesteloot of Knoxville; second year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kaila Hembrook of Knoxville; second year student in the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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