Fewer students admitted for incoming class
The university admitted 260 fewer students this year, shrinking the size of the incoming freshman class from previous years.
The school has grappled with admission and housing issues in the past few years, including a high number of this past year’s incoming freshmen being forced to live in triple-occupant rooms instead of the standard double.
Vice President for Enrollment Management Chris Lucier stated in an email message that because the university admits students to specific majors, the admission yield model that the university employs is a complex one.
Lucier also said since each major has its own demands that change from year to year, the process isn’t as easy as simply admitting fewer students to the university.
“Based on different targets and a different applicant pool, in any given year we in fact could admit more students to UD than we did the year prior, and enroll fewer students because of the yield models for the different majors,” Lucier said.
Whether or not a student is applying from in-state or out-of-state also factors into the admissions process, Lucier stated. This year, 25,801 students applied for admittance to the university’s class of 2020, with only 3,416 of those students being Delaware natives.
“As we admit to those majors we do so considering yield by residency, i.e. yield of Delaware residents compared to the yield of non-residents, and for non-residents we consider yield by domestic and international non-residents,” Lucier said.
The university’s yield rate—the number of students that enroll divided by the number of students admitted—has grown in each of the last three years, up from 24.1 percent in 2013, to 26.4 percent in 2015. According to Lucier, the target enrollment for fall of 2016 currently sits at 3,950 freshman.
The drop in freshman class size for next year will have a positive impact on the freshman housing situation, Senior Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing Jim Tweedy said.
“We’re certainly forecasting a reduction in the number of triples we’ll have next year, in comparison to this year, which was about 50 percent,” Tweedy said.
Tweedy also said with the addition of a new residence hall on Academy Street scheduled to open Fall 2017, the number of freshman in triples for the class of 2021 will hopefully be brought back down to around 35 percent, the percentage the university attained two years ago.
The university is continuing the efforts it has made over the course of the last three years to recruit underrepresented students to campus. Lucier said these efforts have been paying off with an applicant pool that is becoming increasingly diverse, based on applications from underrepresented minority and international students.
“A diverse educational community brings academic excellence,” Lucier said. “So we will continue to recruit students who promote diversity and employ a holistic admissions review to shape a class that is consistent with UD’s mission, vision, values and goals.”