University sees increase in undergrad applications

The University received a record 21,400 applicants for the incoming Class of 2015, marking the third consecutive year that GW has seen an increase in applicants.

This year’s applicant pool represents a 200-student increase from last year’s total of 21,200 freshman applications, Executive Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Kathryn Napper said.

This 1 percent increase is 5 to 10 percentage points below the increases local and comparable universities have reported.

Applications increased by 6.8 percent at Georgetown University, 12 percent at American University, 11 percent at New York University, 10.5 percent at Northwestern University and 9 percent at Boston University over the last year.

Napper said all 50 states were represented in the applicant pool, including D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

California – which saw a 22 percent increase in applicants – moved past New Jersey to become the second-most represented state behind New York. Napper did not return a request for comment on California’s jump.

Napper added that a record 2,750 applications came from international students, representing more than 13 percent of all freshman applicants. The international applicants are from 139 countries.

“We are very pleased by the interest from this dynamic and diverse student population who want to be members of the GW community,” Napper said.

Napper said it is too early to determine how selective the University will be for regular and Early Decision II applicants as a result of the increase in applications, but said the University hopes to have a freshman class of 2,350 students. The University accepts more students than there are spaces in the freshman class, and in the past has yielded a little more than one third of those accepted.

In December, the University accepted 532 Early Decision I applicants – whose applications to the University are binding – leaving slightly more than 1,800 spots open for the University’s target freshman class size.

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