Applications to University increase for 9th year

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 5:31pm

The number of applications to the University set a new record for the ninth consecutive year, according to the University’s admissions office.

51,753 individuals applied to the University for the 2015-2016 school year, an increase of 2,022 from the 2014-2015 academic year. Of the applicants, 13,555 were granted admission and 6,269 chose to enroll.

Despite an increase in the number of applicants, both the number of those admitted and those enrolled decreased from last year — a change to an upward trend in enrollment over the past few years.

Offers of admission decreased by 2,430, or 15 percent. Based on admissions numbers reported for the 2014-2015 academic year last May, this means the University's overall admissions rate dropped 6 percent to 26 percent.

Though a larger percentage of students accepted admission — 46 percent, as opposed to almost 41 percent — the overall number enrolled still decreased by 263 students from last year's freshman class of 6,532.

Last year, when enrollment was higher than what University officials predicted, several logistical issues came up, including an initial housing shortage for freshmen, who are guaranteed on-campus housing. University Housing offered sophomores signed up to live in on-campus housing the option of living in off-campus apartments for the same price as their housing contract to free space for freshmen.

Several schools within the University also added additional class sections for core and freshmen classes, and the University increased funding for faculty expansion.

At a University’s Board of Regents meeting last September, University Provost Martha Pollack announced several steps the admissions office planned to take to lower class size, including improving how the office predicts the number of students who accept offers of admission and placing more early applicants on the wait list.

“We have been over-enrolling every year for the past five years and we have to stop this,” Pollack said. “I'm not happy about it.”