The college admissions personnel on the panel spoke about the admissions trends at their colleges. This post focuses on the comments from Rider University, Fordham University and The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) admissions personnel.
Susan Christian, Dean of Enrollment at Rider University, commented that there was growth in interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), education, and fine and performing arts programs at Rider. There was an increase in the percentage of Hispanic students. The school had a new academic building, a new residential hall and had improved its theatres. Rider looked at the strength of the high school student’s academic program and transcript. They had 8,500 applications for 950 freshman seats. For the Westminster Choir College, the audition is a critical factor.
John Buckley, associate vice president for Enrollment Management at Fordham University, noted that 40 percent of students are undeclared majors to start. At Fordham, the biggest majors are biology and communications. When he started working at Fordham, the school received about 4,000 applications a year; now they receive about 36,000 applications, including 2,500 international applications. Fordham admits students with an average 3.7 grade point average (GPA) and an SAT score between 1830 and 2050 (3 sections). They look for an upward trend in grades, students who are leaders and students who give service to their school/community. It is difficult to do an internal transfer into the business school.
Grecia Montero, director of admissions at TCNJ saw a 7 percent increase in freshman applications this year, with an 11 percent increase in applications for biology majors. There is a new Education building, as well as a new Arts and Communications building. There was an increase in applicants from Massachusetts and Connecticut. The SAT was optional this year, for the first time. Acceptance is based on the department you are interested in. There were 11,000 applications with 4,000 acceptances. Students are typically from the top 10-15 percent of their class with SAT scores between 1250 and 1360 (for Critical Reading and Math). High school rank and test scores needed for admissions are more difficult for certain majors including Chemistry, Biology and Nursing. The school keeps track of student visits and communications with the school. TCNJ has no cap on out-of-state or international students.
The next post on college admission trends will focus on the comments from admissions personnel at the remaining three colleges: Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Manhattanville College.