The Claremont Colleges have finalized regular decision admitted students for the class of 2019. Each of the colleges except for Scripps College saw an increase in number of applications during this year’s admission season.
The colleges hit record
low admission rates once again. Pitzer College’s dropped to 12.9 percent, Harvey Mudd College’s fell to 12.7 percent and Scripps had a 28 percent acceptance rate. Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College both had admission rates of 9.76 percent.
Jamila Everett, Pitzer Interim Vice President of
Admission and Financial Aid, wrote in an email to TSL that there was an increase in number
of early decision applicants as well as
an increase in social justice-oriented students.
“It was extremely rewarding
reading the well-thought out applications of students who are artists,
storytellers, writers, community activists, dancers, social entrepreneurs and
scientists who all at the core are committed to issues of social justice and
social responsibility,” Everett wrote.
The total number of applicants to CMC increased by 18 percent this year, according to CMC Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Georgette DeVeres. She wrote in an email to TSL that this was an exciting
growth for the admissions office, even though it made the application review process more rigorous.
“There was an increase in
workload,” DeVeres wrote. “However, the Admission
staff persevered and we were able to work through this process by hiring
additional part-time readers to help us get through this crunch.”
There was a similar increase in applications to HMC, but the office implemented a new computer system called Slate that helped with the process, according to Thyra Briggs, Vice
President for Admissions and Financial Aid.
Briggs wrote in an email to TSL that the new system allowed the office
to be more efficient in processing applications. The program manages the travel schedules of
the admission officers, has a calendar for visitors and includes an independent application
reading program that “seamlessly works with the Common Application.”
Scripps also moved to a new
admissions data system that allowed
applications to be read online. With the new system, admission officers were able to begin reading the
application sooner and could pass the
application to another reader after the first reader was done with the
“It took some more experienced
readers a little time to adjust, but by the end of the reading season, I think
everyone agreed it was a good change. It
is also easier to run data reports,” Victoria Romero, Scripps Vice President for Enrollment, wrote in an email to TSL. “It varied from
person to person, but the system is intuitive and easy to use.”
This year, for the first time, a 51.3 percent majority of Pomona’s admitted first year class is made up by students of color. Hart commented saying this is tremendous
news for the college.
“It exposes all of our students to a broader range of opinions and
views and ideas. In places like ours that are so small and intensely
discuss-oriented in classrooms, intensely residential institutions,” he said. “I think that enriches the
intellectual environment for students, for staff, for faculty, for every
constituency group we have.”
Briggs shared similar thoughts about increasing diversity, specifically
at HMC, and how it reflected in the admissions this year.
“The most notable numbers for us are the increased number of
Hispanic/Latino students who were offered admission as well as an ever-growing
multiracial population,” Briggs wrote. “These are notable partly because HMC has been very
intentional in its efforts to increase our diversity but also because these
numbers are an interesting reflection of societal changes.”
Joel Hart, Pomona Interim Associate Dean of Admissions, spoke about the larger problem of admission rates dropping at colleges.
“I think there is this temptation to crow ‘it’s great that we are so selective’ but it makes our job hard,” Hart said. “We find so many really talented and dynamic students in the application process that we meet and that you get to know and have long exchange with and they get squeezed out.”
DeVeres, Briggs, Romero and Hart mentioned that the most disappointing part of the admission season is not having enough spots in the class for so many of the other talented applicants. However, the admission officers expressed content about their classes and hope that next year will produce the same—or better—results.