Acceptance rate drops to record low, administrator says

This post was written by Senior Staff Writer Matt Rist.

The University’s acceptance rate has hit an all time low, a University official said Wednesday, dropping 5 percent in one year – the largest drop in recent history.

Executive Dean for Undergraduate Admissions Kathryn Napper said GW accepted a record 31.5 percent of applicants this year, down from 36.5 percent in 2009. Napper added that the acceptance rate has hovered between 36 percent and 37 percent over the past five years, making this years’ drop the largest in recent history.

Napper said the University received 21,135 applications for the Class of 2014, which is a 6 percent increase from last year. Of the more than 21,135 applications received, 6,655 students were accepted, Napper said, marking a decrease of 550 students from one year prior.

“We anticipate meeting the budgeted target for the freshman class of 2,350 which is predicated on a yield rate of 35.3 percent and, combined with the University’s commitment to financial aid, will bring in an academically strong and dynamically motivated class,” Napper said in a news release. “This year’s applicants stood out for their academic excellence and personal interests and their remarkable dedication to service.”

Napper indicated that all schools and colleges saw an increase in applications except for the School of Business, which saw a 115-student drop in applicants.

So far, 840 students from the early admissions process have sent their deposits to GW, while regular decision students have until May 1 to accept or decline GW’s offer.

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