By the weekend, thousands of teenagers will fling parental dependence to the wind and descend on campus in liberated (but also slightly homesick) droves. This set of teens though is smaller and smarter than last year’s. Roughly 7,000 students will begin classes next week, and that number is about 100 fewer than the incoming class of last fall, the Dispatch reported. “This is a fantastic class, our best ever, again making this the best student body that we’ve ever had at Ohio State,” said Joseph Steinmetz, provost of the university, according to the paper. Sixty-two percent of the new students were in the top ten percent of their class, and the average SAT score rose to 1,270.