CWRU receives record number of applications
Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: News
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"We thought we would have more applications this year than we had last year," said Robert R. McCullough, director of undergraduate admission. "But you never really know exactly what's going to happen with high school seniors out there. They can be a fickle bunch."
Overall, universities across the country have been seeing increases in application numbers this year. The Common Application reported roughly an 11 percent increase on average, partially because high school students have started applying to more schools.
But undergraduate admission has been making some major changes that have contributed to CWRU's above-average increase, including more domestic and international recruiting travel.
"We were actually in twice as many high schools as we'd been in the year before," says McCullough. "And we were in about 50 percent more college nights. So we saw a nice bump in applications as a result of pounding the pavement a little bit more and working to find students."
The increase in applications won't mean an increase in incoming students, however. Undergraduate admission is aiming for a freshman class of 1000 students - only slightly more than the 966 in the 2009-2010 incoming class.
What this means, however, is a drop in CWRU's percentage of students admitted, but McCullough is hesitant to say by how much so early on. CWRU has always admitted an unusually high percentage of applicants - last year's figure was 70 percent - but this surge in applicants could mean the beginning of a downward trend.