ERIC Number: EJ782342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-23
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Is Bigger Any Better?
Farrell, Elizabeth F.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n13 pA23 Nov 2007
Admissions deans have perfected the wistful tone of regret. In rejection letters, they talk of wrestling with "difficult decisions" and having "so many more qualified applicants than space." To the rejected, those words often ring hollow. After all, the student remains excluded no matter what the reason. There is mounting evidence that top colleges, especially wealthy private ones, do sincerely feel bad about having to turn away so many of their applicants. Stanford feels bad. Yale feels bad. And Princeton does, too. This article describes how some wealthy and elite private institutions are looking at ways to accept more qualified applicants. Stanford University's president, John L. Hennessy, recently floated an idea that has already gained some traction at other ultraselective institutions: Why not expand? Yale University is considering a similar move. Two committees there are examining the possible impact of gradually adding 650 more undergraduates, for a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,900. Princeton University is already in the third year of an expansion that will eventually bring its undergraduate enrollment up to 5,200, an increase of 500 students.
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Applicants, College Admission, Higher Education, Enrollment, Colleges, Selective Admission, Educational Attitudes
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