Admissions receives record numbers for class of 2007
The Class of 2007 set records before setting foot on campus by submitting the highest number of applications to the college in history. The Admissions Office received 4,715 applications, an increase of five percent from the applications submitted by prospective members of the Class of 2006.
This year's pool of admitted students also includes an unprecedented number of multicultural students, with numbers up 25 percent from last year. Dean of Admissions Jim Miller said, "These are great students, and we want to get as many as we can [to attend Bowdoin]."
While many of the admitted students come from New England, the geographic distribution of applicants is gradually becoming more diverse. "This applicant pool continues a recent trend of the past three or four years where we have received more applications and admitted more students from outside the northeast, from the south and the west," Miller remarked.
"We had a lot of applicants from California, the Pacific Northwest, and parts of the South. The admitted group is shifting out of New England."
"It is hard to predict who will come because of the pressures of the economy and the uncertainty caused by the war," Miller explained. "But because our financial aid program is really strong, and is seen as a high quality option for students and their families, so I think that the yield will be fine."
Volunteers, including current students, faculty, trustees, and alumni, will call admitted students in order to talk about the College and answer any questions that perspective students may have. The Admissions Office will also sponsor three visiting programs that will provide prospective students with the opportunity to go on tours, attend classes, and attend various workshops on life at the College.
The Admissions Office mailed 929 offers of admission on Friday March 28, and hopes to enroll a first-year class of 470 students. "We won't know what the yield is until students have replied, which will be by May 1," Miller said. Admissions in the Early Decision program remained roughly the same as in recent years.