Checking the Math

Checking the Math

As the book closes on another academic year, here's where BC stands in three key areas:

Enrollment

Class of 2006 Sets New Standards

Boston College will welcome the strongest freshman class in its history this fall, according to Undergraduate Admission Director John Mahoney Jr.

The 2,315 enrolled in the Class of 2006 were drawn from 21,131 applicants, a record number, said Mahoney, with the mean SAT of freshmen rising seven points to 1,307.

A selective BC offered admission to 32 percent of applicants, with 34 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll, a strong yield, Mahoney said.

The class is geographically diverse with 45 states represented, a noteworthy figure given predictions that many students post-Sept. 11 would opt for colleges closer to home, Mahoney said. Incoming freshmen include 106 from California, four more than last year, and 72 from Florida, 30 more than last year.

BC also remains strong in its Northeast base, Mahoney said, enrolling 585 freshmen from Massachusetts, 400 from New York and 269 from New Jersey.

The 140 African-American or black students are the most ever enrolled in a freshman class at Boston College, Mahoney said. Overall AHANA enrollment in the Class of 2006 stands at 532 students, or 23 percent.

"Financial-aid and admission staff are to be credited for their efforts in working together to enroll this class," Mahoney said. "The Class of 2006 reflects Boston College's growing academic reputation, and the entire University community shares in the achievement."

-Mark Sullivan

Fundraising

Capital Campaign Nears $400 million

Boston College's "Ever to Excel" campaign has surpassed 90 percent of its $400 million goal, and the drive's leaders are confident that the University's on-campus community will play a major role in reaching the campaign target during the upcoming year.

Gifts to the four-year campaign that was publicly launched in November of 1999 recently topped $360 million. Included in that figure are 72 gifts of at least $1 million, five of which were $10 million or more.

During his annual Faculty Day address on May 1, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said deans and faculty members would be asked to reach out to potential donors to help the drive meet its final goal. "We need to do more asking in an increasingly personal way," he said. "We need to keep working on the $500 and $1,000 donors, as they will be the million-dollar donors some day."

Interviewed recently, University Trustee Patrick Carney '70, a member of the campaign's executive committee, said, "This campaign is so important to the future of Boston College. Every gift is important to the success of the campaign and everyone should have an opportunity to participate, especially those who are so closely attached to the University, our faculty, administrators and staff.

"As we enter the final year, I feel certain that we will exceed our goal," said Carney, chairman of the Trustee Committee on Development
Boston College's current fund-raising effort is dedicated to reinforcing and expanding the University's strengths in teaching, research and student formation.

-Reid Oslin and Stephen Gawlik

Research

Bright Picture for External Funding

Research activity continues to thrive at Boston College, according to end-of-the-fiscal-year statistics on outside grant dollars received and spent.

The Office for Sponsored Programs has gauged external funding for the 2002 fiscal year ending May 31 and has projected expenditures of nearly $28 million, 19 percent greater than expected, and awards of nearly $39 million, 35 percent greater than expected.

The figures serve as a relatively accurate barometer of research activity on campus, with expenditures reflecting the pace of current research, and awards, the promise of research to come.

"These are good numbers, in which any institution of higher learning would take pride," said Office for Sponsored Programs Director John Carfora.

"In many respects, research awards recognize faculty scholarship and serve as an excellent tool for attracting both students and new faculty. Likewise, it has been my experience that funded research activity easily translates into better, more exciting teaching, as well as more prominence for the university. "These figures reaffirm the seriousness with which Boston College takes both research and teaching."

Mark Sullivan  

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