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    Despite recession, Case optimistic about incoming freshmen enrollment

    Joe Amick

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: News
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    Amid a recession that has introduced new uncertainties into the already uncertain world of college admissions, university administrators are cautiously optimistic about this year's incoming freshman class who, despite the economic downturn, have not shied away from Case Western-or its $48,000-a-year price tag.

    The applicant pool of just under 8000 is up eight percent from last year and is the largest in university history. The academic profile of the applicant pool, in terms of standardized test scores and other measures of academic success, could also be the strongest in university history. The number of students that have decided to enroll - about 300 as of Tuesday night - is equal to last year's total at this time. The target number for the incoming freshman class is 1025. Attendance at on-campus events for admitted students has been high.

    According to undergraduate admissions director Bob McCullough, financial aid has slightly increased the number of scholarships awarded because of the strength of the applicant pool.

    Richard E. Baznik, director of the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, said that, in general, a strong incoming class helps an institution in two ways.

    "Really strong students are important because they strengthen the academic environment, not just in the curricular sense, but in terms of the general intellectual environment. I subscribe to the theory, as many other people do, that students learn a great deal when they are at a university from other students. It's a kind of social activity," said Baznik.

    "Second, really good students go on to be really good graduates and a university is, to a certain extent, known by its graduates," explained Baznik. "They represent the university to the rest of the world."

    "Name brand" schools, such as Harvard or Yale, have seen applications increase, possibly as a result of the economy. It's unclear why, but one theory is that applicants thought there would be fewer people trying to get into elite schools this year. Another theory is that big endowments allow these schools to offer more financial aid, making them attractive to families worried about the economy.
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