The percentage of students who submitted deposits to the University dropped by 4 points this year, capping off a year of numerically-mixed admissions.
Thirty-three percent of the 7,022 students admitted into the University this spring submitted a deposit, signaling their plans to attend GW in the fall.
The 2,320 incoming freshmen – a number in line with the institution’s population goals – hail from 45 states and 40 countries, making it one of the most diverse classes in University history.
The Class of 2015 will be one of the most academically gifted the University has seen, but the class boasted little academic growth from last year, just matching the Class of 2014 in SAT and ACT scores and class rank, at 1960, 29 and the 91st percentile, respectively.
“Given the growing number of applications and the increased academic quality of the applicant pool, the selection process this year was even more difficult to make. Consequently, the Class of 2015 is expected to meet, and perhaps exceed, the academic profile of last year’s class, making these students the most academically qualified in University history,” a statement from Dean of Admissions Kathryn Napper said.
Seventy-eight members of the Class of 2015 will graduate from high school in the top 10 percent of their classes – an increase of 4 percentage points from the previous class.
Overall, GW had a mixed admissions year. The institution brought in an on-goal class in terms of size but saw only slight increases or decreses in key admissions areas.
This year’s applicant pool represents a 200-student increase from last year’s total of 21,200 freshman applications.
This 1 percent increase is 5 to 10 percentage points below increases reported by comparable universities.
Applications increased by almost 7 percent at Georgetown University, 12 percent at American University, 11 percent at New York University, more than 10 percent at Northwestern University and 9 percent at Boston University over the last year.
Senior Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services Robert Chernak said the University is no longer actively looking to boost its application numbers.
“I could spend money to increase application numbers, or we could spend it on things that benefit students,” Chernak said.
Chernak and Board of Trustees member Alan From said the incoming class was impressive in both academics and community service.
The admissions statement released by Napper echoed those sentiments.
“Beyond the numbers, we will enroll a freshman class of talented students with incredible leadership potential and commitment to service,” she said in the statement.
Admission numbers play a key role in the U.S. News and World Report and other collegiate rankings, meaning GW may face a drop in standings after having comparably lower application and yield rates than other institutions.
The University had a positive mark with its acceptance rate.
7,022 students were admitted from the original application pool, resulting in an acceptance rate of 32.6 percent, the second lowest in University history. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2014 was 0.5 percentage points lower.
The incoming freshman class will be the most ethnically and racially diverse and will have the most international student population in University history. International students make up 7 percent of the class, up from 6 percent in the Class of 2014, and multicultural students make up 28 percent, up 1 point from last year.