Yield Rises, Fills Class of 2000

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, announced last week that Boston College has enrolled this fall s freshman class entirely through its yield, or students who accept an offer of admission. It marks the second time in six years the University has filled an incoming class without admitting students from its waiting list.

Nearly 36 percent of students accepted by the University this year chose to enroll, an increase of almost 4 percent over last year s yield, according to Undergraduate Admission Director John Mahoney Jr. He added that the University admitted only 41 percent of the 16,500 students who applied to the Class of 2000.

Administrators said these trends, along with recent record levels of applications, confirmed Boston College s reputation as one of the most popular and highly competitive universities in the country.

"Enrollment management is both an art and a science," said Fr. Neenan. "This year, we have seen Boston College 's enrollment management team ably combine that artistic and scientific expertise to produce excellent results. Credit must go to the efforts of John Mahoney, Financial Aid Director Bernard Pekala and their staffs, and the leadership of Enrollment Management Dean Robert Lay. "

"This is a wonderful punctuation mark to a great year," added Mahoney. "Each year, we see not only the number of applications grow, but the quality of the applicants improve, too. We find ourselves in an increasingly challenging competition set, which demo nstrates our ability to compete very effectively against the best colleges and universities in the country."

That competition -- which fields applications from the same students who also apply to BC -- includes Georgetown, Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth universities, and the universities of Notre Dame and Pennsylvania, Mahoney said.

Boston College's ability to meet the full financial need of all students in the top 25 percent of the applicant pool was a key factor in the yield increase, Mahoney pointed out. By eliminating the cost factor, he explained, families can "choose the institution on its academic merit and extracurricular opportunities."

Mahoney praised the "wonderful partnership" between the Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid offices in enabling the University to meet its goal of enrolling the freshman class by May 1. He also cited the work of administrators and faculty who contributed to last month s Open House Week, when nearly 1,500 accepted students visited the campus.

While the University normally experiences minor attrition in the freshman class before the fall, Mahoney said preliminary figures show the class to be 53 percent female and representing 47 states. Twenty-three percent of the class is from Massachusetts, he said, but Boston College continues to draw significant numbers of students from what are regarded as key recruiting areas, such as California, Texas and Florida. AHANA students comprise 17 percent of the class.

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