Your Questions Answered, Part 1
We’ve seen some questions several times in the comments, and so a couple of us are going to take a crack at answering the more popular questions over the next few days.
For my part, I’ve got two:
1)What is the desired entering class size for the class of 2012?
We’d like it to be 1550 kids. That’s about 100 fewer than last year’s entering class, which is one of the main drivers of the increased selectivity this year. We’re moving to the Commons for first-year students this fall, as most of you know, and it only holds 1550, so we had to make the target class a little smaller.
2)How many applicants did you take from last year’s waitlist?
The real question here, if I’m interpreting this correctly, is ‘how many will you take off the waiting list this year?’ Last year’s number alone won’t help you much there. The number of students admitted from the waiting list varies pretty greatly from year to year, and there’s no trend as far as we can tell. In the past five years, we’ve taken fewer than 20 in some years and more than 200 in others. Last year was on the low end of the scale, but two years ago we took the most we’ve ever taken. We’re expecting the number for this year to fall somewhere in the middle of those two numbers, but it’s hard to know more until the matriculation deadline passes.