The Colgate Scene
September 2003

Admission
Class of 2007 by the numbers
Applications
6,798 from 50 states, the District of Columbia and 105 countries
Accepted 2,128
Enrolled 738
Credentials of admitted students
SAT middle 50%
650-730 verbal
660-730 math
ACT middle 50%
30-33
Class rank
78% in top 10%
92% in top 20%
Percentage from public/private schools 70%/30%
 
Students of color
applications 1,495
accepted 490
enrolled 136
 
International students
applications 842
accepted 102
enrolled 38 (31 countries)
 
Children of alumni
applications 216
accepted 115
enrolled 58

Summer got off to a busy start here in the Chenango Valley. In the Office of Admission, we saw more visitors than in any other June and July since we started keeping records. It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors from around the world into the admission office because the potential applicants we see -- many of whom come with one or more family members -- are at a very exciting point in their lives.

It is a privilege for us to introduce our guests to Colgate and a thrill when a visitor's interest turns into an application and then an eventual enrollment. Many of our student tour guides tell us that one influence on their decision to attend Colgate was the tour guide who gave them their Colgate tour. It is also a joy to frequently hear from our new tour guides how they decided on their first visit to Colgate that, if they were admitted, they would want to become a Colgate tour guide as well. I could devote many columns describing the ways in which tour guides have gone well beyond the call of duty to support Colgate and its guests. Suffice it to say, I believe we have a sensational group of tour guide volunteers and I hope many of you will have the opportunity to meet one or more of them on your next visit to Colgate.

By the time you read this, the Class of 2007 will be well into their first semester at Colgate and admission staff will have begun its schedule of travel to about 45 states and 10 to 20 different countries to meet with potential students. There are more than 50,000 high schools in the United States alone, and only 11 traveling staff members in the admission office, so it is impossible to visit even a significant percentage of the nation's high schools. We also do not have identical travel schedules from year to year, so there will be times when we may not get to your region or state.

In closing, let me add a warm word of welcome to Ben Shirley '03, Steve Silversides '03 and Melanie Kiechle '03, who have joined our ranks as admission counselors. Ben, Steve and Melanie had widely differing interests at Colgate, but all three did a marvelous job in the classroom as students. Please welcome them if they are the admission representatives traveling through your area. (For information on which admission officer travels to your area, please consult the admission office website.)

Ben, Steve and Melanie are replacing three outstanding admission officers whom we will miss enormously. Catherine Byrnes left us in April, and shortly thereafter she and her husband, Mike, became parents for the first time. While we will sorely miss Catherine and her magnificent contributions, we are thrilled for her. Also, it was most difficult for us to say goodbye to Erin Milin. Erin will be working on her doctorate in English, and we wish her good fortune in all her endeavors. In August, we said farewell to Candace DeWitt, who is returning to her home state of Maine to pursue opportunities closer to her family. Many thanks to Erin, Catherine and Candace for a job exceedingly well done. — Gary L. Ross '77, dean of admission

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