June 3, 2020

June Enrollment Update from Andy Strickler

Dear Campus Community Colleagues,

I am writing to provide you with an update on admissions for the Class of 2024. As many of you are aware, the College extended this year's Candidate Reply Date for admitted first-year students from May 1 to June 1in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on high school students. Now that we are past June 1, I wanted to let you know the current composition of the class.

As I type this message, the Class of 2024 is as follows:

  • 485 students
  • 42% discount rate
  • 120 domestic students of color

This is good news. To clarify, the discount rate is the average percentage of financial aid offered against the comprehensive fee. This year we were able to reduce that rate by 3% over last year while also increasing the diversity of the first-year cohort. With 120 domestic students of color, or 25% of the class, the Class of 2024 is now the most diverse in College history. And our projected net tuition revenue on the class — the amount of revenue received net of financial aid — is currently favorable to our budget projection. 

But this is just the beginning of our work. The next push will be ensuring that most of these students arrive in the fall. We are, in fact, planning a whole campaign for the summer to make sure we make that happen. We hope you will agree to help us in these efforts if we reach out to you with a request.

Finally, there are many people to thank. First, I ask you to join me in thanking the entire staff of Admission and Financial Aid, who performed a massive task of quickly translating a complex set of face-to-face recruitment activities online and sustaining them between March and June: Jenny Alvarez, Ben Brown, Patricia Buono, Bob Carlson, Teresa Coronis, Cynthia Goheen, Cassie Greenbaum, Jessica Hatfield, Karen Hoddinott, Riley Hopkins, Eileen Jenkins, Brigid Lawler, Mel Lawton, Victoria Macridis, Sean Martin, Susanna Mathews, Katie May, Corbin Maynard, Mily Muniz Torres, Paivi Ovaska, Denise Perez, Phyllis Rondeau, Kim Singer, Zach Street, Laurie Tolles and Holly Vomastek (retired, but still part of the family).

I want to thank our deans in the offices of College and Student Life — especially Emily Morash and Geoff Norbert — for what they will do to ensure the Class of 2024 feels happy and supported during the summer. 

I also want to thank every one of you who engaged with our admitted students and their parents and guardians. Enrollment is truly a community-wide endeavor and our success would not have been possible without you. 

Most sincerely,

Andy Strickler
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid