The College of William and Mary received approximately 12,500 applications for the Class of 2014. This is the fifth year in a row that the number of students applying has increased, up 3 percent from last year.
Dean of Admission Henry Broaddus said in a press release that he believes the College’s national reputation, as well as the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s web and print recruitment efforts, helped spur the rise in applications. Admissions office efforts include conducting more prospective student interviews and increased activity on the College’s blogs.
Broaddus could not be reached for comment.
The number of applications from minority students increased 12 percent from last year, and the number of international students applying to the College went up 22 percent, making the pool of prospective freshmen one of the most diverse groups of applicants in the College’s history.
“We are very pleased with this year’s applicant pool — the largest and one of the most diverse in our history,” Associate Provost for Enrollment Earl Granger said in a press release. “William and Mary offers a unique educational experience — one that challenges and engages our student body and prepares them for life.”
The admissions office has begun the process of selecting regular decision applicants for the class of 2014 and will mail out offers of admission by April 1.