AUC Welcomes Class of 2019

Trends for AUC's class of 2019 include a rise in applications and more selective admissions.
Trends for AUC's class of 2019 include a rise in applications and more selective admissions.

The New Cairo campus is bustling, as Fall 2015 classes begin today for nearly 941 new undergraduate students and 230 graduate students. 

Twenty-eight percent of enrolled undergraduates have already declared majors in sciences and engineering. Many other students will be working their way through the Core Curriculum before deciding on their direction of study.

One of the main reasons new undergraduate Fatema Galal applied to AUC is that she is able to take a variety of classes and doesn’t have to declare a major in her freshman year. “I came here because I’m not sure what I want to do yet, and AUC has a lot of majors to choose from,” she said. “Everywhere else in Egypt you have to declare right away.”

Galal was also attracted to AUC’s many study-abroad programs. “I want to go outside of Egypt in a few years when I am older, possibly to France because I studied French in school,” she said.   

Admission rates continued to rise steadily, and this year saw a 6 percent increase over last year. More that 3,500 undergraduates applied to AUC for Fall 2015. More than 1,100 students were accepted for enrollment, making for a 33 percent acceptance rate. This year, 4 percent of new undergraduate students are international.  

AUC has also raised the criteria for cut-off scores for applicants, ensuring that the University attracts top students from Egypt and around the world.

Graduate students are also beginning classes today. Sally Abdel Hady, a new master's student at the Graduate School of Education, is attending AUC to pursue a master’s in educational leadership. Abdel Hady already has a Professional Educator Diploma and a Fundamentals of English Language Teaching Certificate from AUC.  

Having recently been promoted to head of her department at the international school where she teaches, Abdel Hady applied to a master’s program at AUC to build on her education and develop new leadership skills. “I’m interested in how education reform can happen when you put a strong leader in place,” she said.  

Like many graduate students, Abdel Hady, will continue to work full time as a teacher while studying for her master’s. “I’m looking to step forward in my career and step forward in my future,” she declared.