Freshman acceptance rate sees slight increase

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Gabrielle Marush.

The acceptance rate for the incoming freshman class was slightly less selective than the rate for the class that came before it, the University announced Tuesday.

Thirty-two percent of applicants were admitted into the Class of 2015, about a half of a percentage point more than the Class of 2014. The increase in the acceptance rate comes after a dramatic drop from 36.5 percent in 2009 to 31.5 percent in 2010.

In total, the University sent out 6,890 acceptance notifications Friday, 235 more than last year.

Executive Dean for Undergraduate Admissions Kathryn Napper said the University expects to see a yield rate of about 34 percent, resulting in an incoming freshman class of 2,350 students.

Admitted students hailed from every state except South Dakota, as well as from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. International students from 70 different countries accounted for 9 percent of accepted applicants.

Fourteen percent more females were accepted than males, following recent trends at the University, and 31 percent of admits are multicultural.

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