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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter
© Santa Clara University, March 15, 2004, Vol. 3, No. 5


Sandra Hayes, admissions dean
Sandra Hayes 

Students apply for Class of 2008 in record numbers 

More prospective students than ever have applied to be member of the Santa Clara University Class of 2008.

That fact, combined with new resources and new strategies underway in the "We Want You at SCU” campaign, provide a source of optimism about the success of this year’s undergraduate enrollment process.

Sandra Hayes, dean of admissions, reported receiving 7,598 freshman applications. Both quality and quantity have improved, she said.


“This is a 19 percent increase over 2003, and represents the largest and most diverse applicant pool ever,” she said.

It is hoped that the new efforts begun last month that involve faculty, staff, students and alumni in a massive effort contacting each admitted student will pay off with a freshman class that meets enrollment targets of 1,150.


Preview Days are April 17-18


The applicant pool is the largest and most diverse ever.
—Sandra Hayes 

A spotlight event culminating this effort will be a single weekend next month, the April 17-18 Preview Days, where programs and open houses will introduce the admitted prospective students and their families to the University and its people.


The hard work for the admissions staff is well underway, and nearly 2,800 applicants already have been accepted. Eventually about 4,300 will be admitted by the end of this month, making this the most selective SCU freshman class ever.


Last letters mailed by April 1


The admissions staff members are reviewing each application and deciding on a final list of admitted students. The last acceptance letters are mailed by April 1, and prospective students are given one month to decide whether to enroll at SCU.


Hayes said that the mean grade-point averages and SAT scores for the accepted students are impressive: “The overall strength of this applicant pool gives us confidence that this early snapshot provides the foundation for another outstanding entering class.”


The application surge follows the first application period when prospective students could apply online, in the redesigned SCU Web site. This winter, additional staff enabled admissions to process applications more quickly and efficiently, and at a record pace.

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