WASHINGTON, Pa. (April 23, 2013)—After offering a record 2,819 students admission to the class of 2017, Washington & Jefferson College prepares to welcome “the most talented and distinguished incoming class” in the College’s 231-year history this fall.
“Interest in W&J remains high and we are thrilled that so many accomplished and engaged students are deciding to join our campus community,” Al Newell, vice president and dean of enrollment, said.
With a record number of 7,120 applications, W&J admitted 8.5 percent more students this year than in 2012. Of these applicants, 30.1% are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes. Additionally, applicants’ mean SAT scores are up 8 points from last year and the average GPA of an admitted student is nearly 3.5. W&J also received 118 transfer applications, a 30 percent increase from last year.
“W&J offers a challenging academic environment and small class sizes taught by master teachers who are caring mentors and advisers,” Newell said. “The quality of this year’s applicants is a testament to that high level of academic commitment.”
W&J also is increasing its reach, receiving 3,015 applications from students out of state in addition to 268 applications from international degree-seeking students, a 25 percent increase from last year. Kristen Crosby, who serves as the College’s first director of international recruitment, attributes the growth in international applications to W&J’s enhanced global visibility.
“This year, we’ve had recruitment counselors visiting many different countries including China, India, Sri Lanka and Brazil,” Crosby said. “International students are intrigued by the opportunities W&J provides. They want to get involved on campus and create meaningful relationships with classmates and professors, as well as take advantage of programs that allow them to continue seeing the world.”
W&J’s Division III athletics program continues to attract students from across the country, admitting an average of 800 student-athletes each year. With 26 varsity sports for men and women, the College offers students the chance to play competitively while remaining focused on academics.
“Our coaches pride themselves on being mentors to their athletes,” Bill Dukett, director of athletics, said. “They work closely with faculty members to make sure our students are engaged in the classroom and active on the field.”
The final decision deadline for receiving deposits is Wednesday, May 1. Admitted students are encouraged to contact W&J’s admission counselors at 724-223-6025 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Financial aid questions may be directed to 724-223-6019 or email@example.com.