Whitman admits fewer for Class of 2016

Josh Goodman

Following years of record numbers of admitted students, the Class of 2016 looks a little leaner. On March 23, the Office of Admissions announced that 1,364 people were admitted to Whitman this year, the lowest level since 2006, and down from last year’s record of 1,654.

The college also had fewer applicants this year––2,851, compared with 3,079 last year, a seven percent drop, and down from the record 3,309 in 2009. However, because the number of admitted students declined even more, the admit rate still decreased, from 53.7 percent last year to 47.8 percent this year. That puts it in line with the average admittance rate per year over the previous five years, which was 47.3 percent.

Of admitted students who have a class rank, 95 percent were in the top quarter of their class, and 70 percent were in the top 10 percent. The admitted cohort also boasts median SAT scores of 700 for critical reading and 680 for both math and writing.

The admitted class is 60 percent female and 40 percent male; 27 percent of the admitted class identified as a racial or ethnic minority. One hundred fifteen will be first generation college students.

Admitted students have until May 1 to decide whether to accept their offer from Whitman.