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With the Class of 1997 graduated, the Class of 2001 is getting ready to join the Colgate family. Just in time for commencement weekend, in fact, admissions decided to release our waiting list of students. We had confirmed 765 students to enroll in the fall, enough to both fill the class (targeted at 720) and cover our customary “summer melt” — the result of about 45 students accepting waitlist offers elsewhere or otherwise having a change of plans.

Some students who “melt” actually defer their Colgate enrollment to spend a year pursuing alternative education — including travel, internships or employment that might provide a respite from the classroom. Colgate supports this choice, as students who defer enrollment often arrive more focused, mature and fully prepared to capitalize on all facets of their Colgate experience. How exactly might one spend that year off? Some students spend the year in community service projects such as Americorps, others pursue study or work overseas, volunteer for political campaigns, or follow their dreams for success on a competitive individual sports circuit — all rewarding opportunities not to be passed up. The 13 students who have deferred enrollment this year all have terrific plans to help them prepare for their college careers.

The Class of 2001 continues the high academic standards and rich array of talents and accomplishments that admissions always looks for in students. The profile documents Colgate's growing appeal to those bright and engaging students who enjoy many top college choices. A total of 215 students, or 30 percent of the class, were admitted as Early Decision candidates (compared to 190, or 26 percent, last year). Colgate is making good progress attracting students from across the country, as demonstrated by an increase of 13 percent from the Sunbelt states. About 11 percent of the class is from the South and Southwest; 23 percent from the Middle States through the Northwest; 24 percent from New England; 11 percent from New Jersey; and 30 percent from New York (two-thirds from upstate). Student of color enrollment totals 112, or 15 percent of the entering class, also reflecting the increasing ethnic diversity of our applicant pool. The class also boasts 21 Alumni Memorial Scholars, hailing from Utah to Maine, who represent the very top candidates based on academic and personal criteria.

The Class of 2001 averaged between 1260 and 1400 on the SAT (representing the middle 50 percent range of students), and 87 percent ranked in the top 20 percent, two-thirds in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Less easy to document and chart are the myriad student leadership positions, athletic honors, artistic accomplishments and community involvements that typify the students we admit. The college search process involves a good deal of “self-selection,” in that after researching colleges, students tend to apply to places where they can readily see themselves fitting in. Thus the extent to which Colgate presents itself as a community of highly well-rounded scholars and leaders is usually reflected in the quality of the applicants and the challenge of admitting just a portion of them.

Visiting college campuses is a must in order to make an informed choice. Each summer Colgate welcomes several thousand visitors with tours and information sessions that help convey the character and quality of the Colgate experience. July through November is “peak season” for this process, although we gladly welcome visitors year-round. During this year's cycle, Colgate is offering its first Legacy Workshop on July 19 for children of alumni who are approaching the college search, and two Fall Open Houses on Monday, September 29 and Monday, October 27 that will provide a general introduction to Colgate. If you have relatives or neighbors entering the college search process, we hope you'll encourage them to consider Colgate, and give us a call if you any questions regarding admission.

Mary F. Hill '83
Dean of Admission