Record number of students commit to Conn in Early Decision
Connecticut College received a record number of applications from students applying to the first phase of our Early Decision program (ED I) for the Class of 2023. From that pool, which was 25 percent higher than last year, Conn admitted a larger number of students than usual during ED I.
“The applicants were so strong across the board that we were able to admit more than we normally do,” says Andrew Strickler, the dean of admission and financial aid. “Because applying ED means committing to attend Conn if admitted, it was gratifying to see how many students were eager to make that commitment.
“Those I’ve met have shared many different reasons for applying ED, but one recurring theme was our Connections curriculum, which allows students to explore issues they’re passionate about. This generation is so knowledgeable about, and connected to, the world around them, they want a college education that lets them follow their own pathway.”
In addition to the curriculum, Strickler cites Conn’s intensified efforts to admit students from more diverse backgrounds as reasons behind the increased ED applicant pool.
“Our genuine commitment to provide better access to our world-class education is really resonating with students,” he says. “And they’re putting Conn at the top of their lists of colleges they want to attend.”
In addition to exceptional academic records, the ED I members of the Class of 2023 also showed great range and achievement in their extracurricular activities, including athletics, the arts, volunteerism and more. They are also a diverse group that includes 37 first-generation college students (an all-time high for the College), and 18 international students representing 16 countries.
“Again, the word ‘gratified’ comes to mind,” says Strickler. “We’re working hard to create a diverse and inclusive community on campus, and prospective students are more eager than ever to join it.”
Prospective students have another opportunity to apply Early Decision: Conn’s ED II deadline is Jan. 1, 2019. ED II decisions are released in mid-February.