Undergraduate Applications Continue
to Increase for Fall 2000
September 1999, an Undergraduate Recruitment Plan for Fall 2000 was presented
to the campus community by the then-new dean of Admissions, Marcelle Heerschap.
The plan identified internal and external forces that impact the recruitment
of students to George Mason University, and reaffirmed that the most significant
admissions action, as stated in the report titled "Engaging the Future,"*
was to "identify and recruit the highest quality undergraduate students."
As a result of this stated action, the recruitment plan summarized fall
recruitment activities, which included more than 500 high school visits
and college fairs in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island,
North Carolina, Florida, and California. Limited international travel
was also conducted in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Some of the new
initiatives planned for 19992000 were (1) a new family of undergraduate
publications, (2) updating the Admissions website, (3) enhancing the Mason
Ambassadors program, and (4) developing a transfer scholarship program.
Between fall of 1996
and fall of 1999, the Office of Admissions saw a 19 percent increase in
the number of undergraduate students applying to the university. This
number continues to grow, and as we go to press, freshman applications
for fall of 2000 have increased almost 15 percent compared to fall of
1999 and are at an all-time high of 6,985. As numbers of freshman applications
have increased, so has the quality of the applicants. The mean freshman
grade point average (GPA) for enrolled students was 2.99 in 1995, compared
to a mean of 3.13 in 2000. The mean SAT score has risen from 950 in 1995
to 1,065 in 1999. Transfer applications are the same as they were this
time last year; however, the deadline date for transfer applicants is
June 1, and it's too early to predict what those numbers will look like.
These numbers could
not have been attained without the support and commitment of the entire
George Mason community. Students lead tours and talk with prospective
students and their families when they visit the campus. Faculty, staff,
and alumni interview thousands of freshman applicants between December
and April. Alumni recommend prospective students to the Admissions Office,
assist at college fairs and high school visits in the fall and spring,
and host receptions for new students in the spring and summer.
The Admissions Office
welcomes the support and participation of alumni in any of its activities.
As we begin to plan for fall 2000 recruiting, we would especially welcome
alumni wishing to recommend prospective students or anyone interested
in participating in fall recruiting activities. Send an e-mail to the
dean of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
The report "Engaging
the Future" was the result of the yearlong efforts of a special task force,
appointed by President Alan Merten, charged with assessing the university's
past initiatives and making recommendations for its future directions.
It can be found on the web at www.gmu.edu/pubs/futures.
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