Willamette's freshman admission rate falls to 40% for the class of 2014

<p>From the President’s 2009-2010 State of the University Address:</p>

<p>Applications for admission to the [College of Liberal Arts] for fall 2010 will reach 8,000, a record high and a 34 percent increase over 2009. In fact, applications have increased by four and a half times over the last decade. The primary driver for this application explosion is our investment in strategic marketing, including engaging the services of a company that helps us identify, contact and recruit promising applicants, with extraordinary, positive results. Here are some interesting details:
• CLA admitted 40 percent of its applicants, compared to 59 percent in 2009, putting Willamette in the elite group of colleges nationwide that admit fewer than 50 percent of applicants.
• CLA's admitted students' academic credentials are strong, with an average combined SAT score of 1830; composite ACT score of 29; GPA of 3.79 and class rank of 89 percent.
• Twenty-three percent of CLA's admitted students come from historically under-represented groups.
Presidential</a> Remarks - 2009-10 State of the University - Willamette University</p>