PROVIDENCE – Colleges and universities in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., generally had good results this spring enrolling students for the incoming Class of 2014, according to a Providence Business News survey.
Admission yields – the percentage of applicants accepted by a school who actually decide to enroll – are one of the key measures that colleges, particularly selective ones, use to judge their institutional health and compare themselves to peers.
Most schools require that students who plan to enroll in the fall send their deposits by May 1. Last week, spokesmen and administrators at various schools told PBN how this year’s numbers compared with last year’s.
Brown University: The yield was 55 percent, unchanged from last year, but the total number who enrolled rose to 1,554 from 1,496. Fewer than five students on the waiting list will be offered admission, compared with 82 last year, because of the larger number who enrolled initially.
Rhode Island School of Design: The yield was 51.4 percent, an increase from last year’s 47.9 percent. The freshman class is full, so no students on the waiting list will be offered admission.
University of Rhode Island: The yield was 20 percent, down from 24 percent last year, as fewer students from outside Rhode Island enrolled. The school has offered admission to about 650 of the 1,600 students on its waiting list.
While URI’s in-state yield increased to 51 percent from 49 percent, exceeding the school’s target, out-of-state yield fell to 11 percent from 15 percent.
Provost Donald DeHayes attributed the changes at URI to more out-of-state students selecting in-state schools because of the lower cost; an increase in its selectivity, meaning admission was offered to higher achieving students who likely had multiple options; and less financial aid available than at other schools.
Bryant University: The yield was 24.5 percent, down from 26.6 percent last year. The school offered 502 students a spot on its waiting list, down from 1,188 last year.
Salve Regina University: The yield was 18 percent, up from last year. “We had an exceptional year, receiving the highest number of freshman deposits we’ve ever received,” spokesman Matt Boxler said. Salve has not offered admission to any of the 614 students on its waiting list.
Wheaton College: The yield was 59 percent, up from 57 percent last year. The college may offer admission to students on its waiting list during the summer if some of those who initially enrolled opt not to attend.
Stonehill College: The yield was 16.6 percent, down from 21.1 percent last year. The college has offered admission to 44 of the 573 students on its waiting list.
Figures for Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, Rhode Island College and Roger Williams University were not available at press time. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth did not respond to the survey.