This week, Wash U makes a big announcement, the UCs plan to grow larger, UW-Madison is over-enrolled, SUNY is under-enrolled, and a Brown alum is leading the charge against legacy admission.
Washington University in St. Louis announced that they would become need-blind in their admission policy, effective immediately, while also meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students. This news comes after Wash U’s unprecedented endowment returns this year.
The University of California system plans to grow even larger over the next few years. The university announced it’s going to add 20,000 more seats by 2030, citing high demand for a UC education.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced that this year’s freshman class is up 16% compared to last year. The provost acknowledged that UW “overshot a little bit.”
Meanwhile, the SUNY system reported that enrollments dipped again this year. There are 4.7% fewer students enrolled compared to this time last year. SUNY is citing lingering effects of the pandemic. Some good news, though. Enrollment slightly increased at four SUNY flagships: Stony Brook, Buffalo, Binghamton, and Albany.
An alumnus of Brown University founded Leave Your Legacy, an organization that hopes to persuade alumni and students from donating to their alma maters/schools until they eliminate legacy admission from their admissions practices. So far, over 500 people have signed the pledge.