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Common Data Set, 1999-2000

C. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission


C1. First-time, first-year (freshman) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in fall 1999. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants include all students who fulfilled the requirements for consideration for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.

Total men applied: 6,174
Total women applied: 6,689

Total men admitted: 3,921
Total women admitted: 4,602

Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men enrolled: 1,428
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men enrolled: 2

Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women enrolled: 1,674
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women enrolled: 5

C2. Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was contingent on space availability)

Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list? No

Admission Requirements

C3. High school completion requirement

Identify your high school completion requirement for degree-seeking entering students:

High school diploma is required and GED is accepted in College of General Studies only

C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college preparatory program for degree-seeking students?


C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended. Specify the distribution of academic high school course units required and/or recommended of all or most degree-seeking students using Carnegie units (one unit equals one year of study or its equivalent). If you use a different system for calculating units, please convert.

  Units required Units recommended
Total academic units 15
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Of these, units that must be lab
Foreign language   (3 - see Academic Electives)
Social studies 1  
Academic electives 4*  
Other (specify)    
* Of the four academic elective units required, it is recommended that three be in a single foreign language.

Basis for Selection

C6. Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications? No

C7. Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in your first-time, first- year, degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.

  Very important Important Considered Not considered
Secondary school record X      
Class rank  
Recommendation(s)     X  
Standardized test scores X      
Essay     X  
Interview     X  
Extracurricular activities     X  
Talent/ability  X (for music)   X  
Character/personal qualities       X
Alumni/ae relation       X
Geographical residence       X
State residency       X
Religious affiliation/commitment       X
Minority status       X
Volunteer work     X  
Work experience     X  

SAT and ACT Policies

C8. Entrance exams

a.  Does your institution make use of SAT I, SAT II, or ACT scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants? Yes

If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution's policies for use in admission.
Require Recommend Require for some Considered if submitted Not used
SAT I          
SAT I or ACT (no preference)
SAT I or ACT--SAT I preferred        
SAT I or ACT--ACT preferred          
SAT I and SAT II          
SAT I and SAT II or ACT          
SAT II          

In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for placement or counseling?
Placement: No
Counseling: No
b. Does your institution use the SAT I or ACT for placement only? no
c. Latest date by which SAT I or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission: Rolling

d. If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies (e.g., if tests are recommended for some students, or if tests are not required of some students):

Freshman Profile

Provide percentages for ALL enrolled degree-seeking full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 1999, including students who began studies during summer, international students/nonresident aliens, and students admitted under special arrangements.

C9. Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 1999 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Include information for ALL enrolled, first-time, first-year (freshman) degree-seeking students who submitted test scores. Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not verbal for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. SAT scores should be recentered scores. The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percen scored at or above.

Percent submitting SAT scores: 98% Number submitting SAT scores: 3,045
Percent submitting ACT scores: 16% Number submitting ACT scores: 484
  25th percentile 75th percentile
SAT I Verbal 520 620
SAT I Math 520 630
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT English -- --
ACT Math -- --

Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range

  SAT I Verbal SAT I Math
700-800 7 7
600-699 29 32
500-599 49 45
400-499 14 15
300-399 1 1
200-299 0 0
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 15 -- --
24-29 49 -- --
18-23 34 -- --
12-17 2 -- --
6-11 0 -- --
below 6 0 -- --

C10. Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank information).

Percent in top 10th of high school graduating class: 28%

Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class: 62%

Percent in top half of high school graduating class: 93%

Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class: 7%

Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class: <1%

Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school class rank: 89%

C11. Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale); report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA:  Data Not Available

C12. Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA:  Data Not Available

Admission Policies

C13. Application fee

Does your institution have an application fee? Yes

Amount of application fee: $35

Can it be waived for applicants with financial need? Yes

C14. Application closing date

Does your institution have an application closing date? No

Application closing date (fall): Rolling Admissions

Priority date: January 15th is the date recommended for those interested in academic scholoarships. March 1 is the priority data for financial aid applicants.  For applicants interested in guaranteed admission programs, it is recommended that the application be submitted early in the senior year.

C15. Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall? Yes

C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only):  On a rolling basis

C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only)

Must reply by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

C18. Deferred admission: Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission?  Yes

If yes, maximum period of postponement:  One year

C19. Early admission of high school students: Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation? Yes

C20. Common application: Will you accept the Common Application distributed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals if submitted? Yes
If "yes" are supplemental forms required? No
Is your college a member of the Common Application Group? No

Early Decision and Early Action Plans

C21. Early decision: Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to attending if accepted) for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment? No

C22. Early action: Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college? No

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