Wittenberg’s new approach to admissions has resulted in historically high admissions numbers, according to Vice President for Enrollment and Management and Dean of Students Sarah Kelly.
As of Feb. 10 Wittenberg had 5,050 applications, which is over double the amount from previous years. The deadline for applications is not until March 15 and Kelly predicts the numbers to rise even higher by then.
“We’re all really excited at this point,” said Kelly who explained that this hike in the number of applications gives Witt more flexibility when it comes to the next steps in the admission process. Yet Kelly is quick to add that there is no guarantee for the future.
“We’re being carefully optimistic,” she said.
Among the features in the new acceptance packet is a fold out poster and guide for prospective students. The colorful envelope and packet stood out among the other acceptance letters for Greg Serpa, a high school senior from Westerville who participated in last week’s scholarship days.
“I got a few things that were hand-written [from Wittenberg],” said Serpa, “which really made it unique.”
When it comes down to a prospective student’s final choice, campus visits are a large determining factor at Wittenberg. 44 percent of students who visit the campus end up coming to Witt. And that number rises to 53 percent if students meet with a faculty member or coach.
“We couldn’t do our jobs if not for our dedicated faculty,” said Kelly.
(Catie Stipe / firstname.lastname@example.org)