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November 16, 2011

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Admissions Changes

Admissions’ first bench mark is December 1st for the 2012-2013 academic year. Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, Dan Meyer discussed admissions’ goals on DPView last Thursday. He says the amount of applications received is similar to the amounts in past years. The hope is for there to be near 2,500 applications by December 1st. Early decision acceptance letters will also go out by this date. Meyer says admissions hopes to make the calendar have more significance in the application process. He says some changes have been made this year to help raise DePauw’s standards.

MEYER: "Our long term goal though is to take our admit percentage, last year’s was about 56 percent, bring that down to less than 50 percent. Now you can do that by growing your applicant pool and having more applications, but you can also do that by kind of raising the bar and making that, not for the student who’s a 4.0 but for the student at the low end of the applicant pool, making it more competitive for that student to get in. So ultimately if we could push our admit rate down below 50 percent, you’re then viewed really as a nationally selective liberal arts institution."

Generally, DePauw admits 2,000-3,000 students a year.

Listen to the full November, 10th interview with Dan Meyer at this DPView link: http://www.depauw.edu/univ/wgre/newstalk.asP.

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