Transylvania's freshman class is its second largest and its most diverse

Transylvania University's freshman class of 350 students is the second largest in school history and set a new record for diversity, officials announced Thursday.

Transylvania also set a school record for freshman-to-sophomore retention, with 88 percent of last year's entering class returning this fall. Total enrollment is 1,074 students.

Members of the class of 2016 had an average GPA of 3.72, and 41 percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. They include 34 students who took part in either the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program or the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.

Geographically, the class includes 99 students from outside Kentucky who make up 28 percent of the class. Ohio led the way in out-of-state students, followed by Tennessee and Indiana.

Twelve international students comprise the largest such group in school history. The 47 students who identify themselves as a racial or ethnic minority comprise 13 percent of the class, also a school record.