According to the facebook group, there have been 350+ enrolled students. What will happen to admissions next year? This class is bigger than 1/3 of the current population.
While my kid is not a member of the FB group, typically, the FB group at a college includes all accepted students, and is not limited to only those who have enrolled. So unless Earlham has announced that it is enrolling a class of 350 students, the likely interpretation is that the group is all admitted students, not only enrolled students.
@Midwestmomofboys I will add a citation, it is announced… not just facebook group(only 200 kids).
“Increasing effective recruitment strategies has resulted in signs of enrollment growth for the future. With more than 360 new students having confirmed their enrollment on campus this fall, the Class of 2020 is expected to be Earlham’s largest in recent decades.”
Increasing effective recruitment strategies has resulted in signs of enrollment growth for the future. With more than 360 new students having confirmed their enrollment on campus this fall, the Class of 2020 is expected to be Earlham’s largest in recent decades.
this is a direct quote
This could be a bad thing…
Do you think Earlham will end up rescinding more students for bad grades or for doing something stupid? There might not be enough dorm rooms either for all 360 students, so the reason could be justified.
@Ballislife23mjs , that seems to be totally against everything that Earlham is. I am not familiar with the housing capacity at the moment, and it may require a bit of creativity to manage this fall, or it may not. With that said, schools have this happen with some regularity. (Dickinson has a “big” class there now – over-enrolled by more than Earlham’s – I think it’s the class finishing its sophomore year.) If it’s too much of a strain, they manage it by taking fewer in the next couple of classes. But at a school where a lot of kids study off campus, this is usually manageable.
I’d see it as a sign that your great decision to attend was confirmed by other smart classmates!
Hello, Earlham has a curriculum and facilities that can accommodate more students than they currently have. The school owns numerous houses and apartments that they can return to college housing if they need to. It is actually a sign of health that they have a large and well prepared incoming class. My daughter is a student and I visit the school several times a year and I know they will be looking to slowly increase enrollment now that they have increased the school’s capacity. They already have extremely high off campus participation rates, but I know they are hoping to increase them even more. I am very confident that the school will be trying to graduate every incoming freshman and will not be looking to shed students. If they brought some offline (currently non student rental) housing online for students, they could probably accommodate four classes this size, or at least come close. There may be some scrambling to accommodate additional introductory level classes, but both the academic and housing facility capacity is there. When I attended we had a larger student body with two fewer dorms, 3 fewer academic buildings, many fewer administrators and fewer academic programs. Capacity should not be a problem. It should be a wonderful time to come as a first year in a strong class now that the major construction projects are finally complete.
I cannot find the reference now, but Earlham is deliberately trying to increase total enrollment–up to 1200, I believe. Your comment had me worried about dorm space, but I found out that Earlham’s enrollment has actually been decreasing in recent years, so there should be space for everybody.
Note that the quote is not that this is Earlham’s largest entering class ever; it is “Earlham’s largest in recent decades.” I was able to find old Common Data Sets that show 340 freshman entered Earlham in Fall 2010 and 348 entered in Fall of 2003. I realize neither of those is larger than this year’s entering class but they are close. I was only able to quickly find stats for a few classes.
Only 234 freshmen entered Earlham in Fall 2011. The number for 2005 was 324. Kind of all over the place. I believe they are striving to keep it consistently in the higher range.