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Cornell Increases Entering Class Size

The Cornell Chronicle is reporting that the University seeks to admit 3,200 freshmen this fall. President Skorton announced this number in a meeting to the Board of Trustees on Friday.

This represents an increase of 150 freshman, or roughly 5 percent, over previously stated goals to enroll 3,050 freshmen every August. It's an interesting development because over the past few years the administration has gone to great efforts to limit freshmen enrollment levels, citing crowding issues on North Campus. As a Fall 2005 white paper issued by the University's Institutional Planning and Research unit asserts:

The current enrollment planning process focuses intensely on a first-time freshman enrollment target of 3,050 students. It is especially important to be disciplined about first-year enrollment targets given that all freshmen are housed within the North Campus Residential Initiative.

So why the increase in freshman class size? The University has "over-enrolled" in recent years, and it's possible that Skorton's comments just reflect this reality. Then again, North Campus has a lot more empty beds to fill due to waning interest in the program houses, and the University is not one to pass up on extra tuition revenue.

UPDATE: Doris Davis asserts that the target class size remains 3,050.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on March 11, 2007 (#)

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